A Recap of Vikings Preseason Week 2

In Week 2 of the preseason, the Minnesota Vikings once again failed to inspire much confidence on offense. In a 12-10 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, quarterback Jake Browning looked worse than he did last week against Denver, completing only 6-of-15 passes for 82 yards. Two of those completions came right before halftime against a soft defensive coverage from the Colts. Browning completed only 3-of-9 passes in the short passing game (10< yards downfield). He also took a brutal sack on third down even though he had a decent pocket surrounding him.

Rookie QB Kellen Mond played the entire second half and didn’t offer much more than Browning did. He botched his first snap of the night and failed to push the ball downfield. On 4th-and-4 late in the game, Mond missed on a pass low and away to running back A.J. Rose. Had he thrown a more accurate ball, the Vikings would have converted the first down. Mond finished the night 6-of-12 for 61 yards.

Over the first two weeks, both quarterbacks have completed fewer than half of their passes. It’s only week two of the preseason, so it isn’t time to panic yet, but even Zimmer wouldn’t dismiss the idea of adding a veteran quarterback to the room.

Other Thoughts From the Vikings Preseason Week 2

  • I’m still not sold on Greg Joseph at kicker as much as Kyle. He pushed a 51-yarder to the right, then flirted with the right upright on his 49-yarder later on. I still think the Vikings kicker for 2021 isn’t in the building yet.
  • Defensive tackle Armon Watts had a night. He tipped the Troy Dye pick-six at the line of scrimmage and was a wrecking ball on the defensive interior. If he keeps stringing this along, the DT depth will be stacked. Speaking of that pick-six…
  • Linebacker Troy Dye seemed to play with more confidence after the pick-six. There were questions last week about whether there was a spot for him on the roster. If he can play like he did last night, that spot will be there.
  • Dye wasn’t the only linebacker to splash. Rookie Chazz Surratt was all over the field, beginning with a well-timed hit on punt coverage. He’ll push for that third linebacker spot, although he’s still probably going to be a backup to begin the year.
  • We finally got to see right guard Oli Udoh in game action, and the early returns are great. He graded out as the best player on the Vikings offense according to Pro Football Focus. I think I speak for everyone when I say that I was counting on Wyatt Davis to start there Week 1. Now I don’t think the race is even close.
  • Rookie Ihmir Smith-Marsette finally got going last night. He had an electric 36-yard kickoff return and also added a 23-yard reception that was called back due to a holding penalty. Zimmer wanted him to show he can contribute on special teams, and he finally did.
  • Cornerback Harrison Hand had a great game, only allowing one completion on three targets. He also added two “stops”, tackles that result in what PFF deems an offensive failure. He could be climbing up the depth chart.
  • Speaking of corners, Cam Dantzler, who most assumed would ascend after a solid rookie campaign, keeps falling down the depth chart. Kris Boyd was playing snaps ahead of Dantzler. When asked why, Zimmer said, in typical fashion, “Boyd’s been doing better.” That would make Dantzler CB5 if we assume that he is ahead of Harrison Hand, and I’m not so sure that he is.

The Vikings travel to Arrowhead to face Kansas City on Friday, August 27 at 7 PM CT. Expect another good turnout from the Purple Faithful. Skol.