The NFL season is upon us. All the teams are in summer camp, about to start the preseason. As I ponder the season for the Minnesota Vikings, I have these basic thoughts:
The defense is going to be good. Linval Joseph plugging the middle, Our strong Defensive Ends. Hopefully, an improved season for Barr and Kendricks, and a secondary led by Harrison Smith and Xavier Rhodes
On the Offense, we have Bradford at QB, who is looking good, with a strong arm. I never realized how tall he was, 6-5. New RB Dalvin Cook, looks great. RB Latavious Murray has been on the PUP list until Monday 8/7. That should make for a good battle for playing time. There are 2 major areas of concern for me:
- The offensive line. The Two new tackles that the Vikings acquired, have to exceed expectations. Neither Reemers or Reiff came from a team where they started. Reiff has been injured all training camp. The O-Line has to gel as one unit, not just a collection of journey men. The jury is still out on all the new faces including Elfein. They need to be much better than last year, and block for Bradford to throw a pass beyond 10 yards.
- Wide Receivers. I’m hopeful that Treadwell will ascend to a starting type receiver. I hope local boy, Adam Theilen continues to impress, and that Michael Floyd contributes, as well as he has in camp. We also have holdovers Stephon Diggs and Jarious Wright. I don’t see any of these as being a Randy Moss type to stretch the field. We Have 2 speedy rookies, Stacy Coley & Rodney Adams. The hope is one of those will catch on quick to the offense, and be that deep threat they have to cover.