Still no sign of Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr injured in training
In fact, it’s been over three weeks since Barr trained with the team, leaving some to question his availability for the Sept. 12 season opener in Cincinnati. He is recovering from a reported knee injury and was seen riding a stationary bike during training earlier this week.
While the Vikings appear optimistic about Barr’s chances of playing in the opener in a week and a half, the fact that they currently have seven linebackers on the roster could suggest they are making plans just in case he does. would not be available. Asked how greedy players are in this position, Zimmer said it had more to do with special teams depth than anything else.
“I really insisted on these special team guys,” Zimmer said. “We have to be better on special teams. I’ve always said to these players, ‘If you’re not playing on special teams and you’re a substitute, you better worry about getting cut. “
In addition to Barr, running backs Alexander Mattison and Kene Nwangwu again missed practice with injury, as did wide receiver Dan Chisena, left tackle Christian Darrisaw and safety Josh Metellus. Recently acquired tight ends Chris Herndon and Ben Ellfeson were also absent.
Is Mond QB2?
Aside from Kirk Cousins, rookie Kellen Mond is currently the only other quarterback on the 53-man roster. But that doesn’t mean he’s won the backup job yet.
When asked about Mond on Wednesday morning, Zimmer made it clear that things could change ahead of Game 1.
“We will see what happens in the next few days,” he said. “Everything is very fluid.
Hours later, the Seattle Seahawks released veteran quarterback Sean Mannion, and a source told Pioneer Press the Vikings had an interest in bringing him back.
If the Vikings did indeed sign Mannion at some point, it would likely knock Mond down in the depth chart. It is clear that the rookie still has some way to go in his development.
“I think he’s improved in the last two or three games,” Zimmer said of Mond. “He’s doing a good job with the playbook. Made some good throws. Made mistakes like most rookies do. We’ll see. We must continue to improve it.
Location of receiver n ° 3
Perhaps the most intriguing positional battle throughout training camp was determining which player would become the third receiver behind the dynamic duo of Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen.
Main contenders for the job included KJ Osborn, rookie Ihmir Smith-Marsette and veteran Dede Westbrook.
As training camp progressed, Osborn slowly began to separate from the pack. That said, Smith-Marsette started arriving later and Westbrook has more experience than the two players combined.
“It’s out of my control,” Osborn said. “It’s for the coaches. My job is to go out and listen to the play call and do my job. All of this will take care of itself.