Minnesota Vikings News Roundup: The Calm Before the Storm
The NFL, for the most part, doesn’t have a slow time for news. We are in one of the rare times that news is relatively slow. Even still, there always does seem to be all kinds of stuff to discuss once I sit down to put together the weekly Minnesota Vikings News Roundup. This week’s edition focuses on roster speculation and draft hype before ending with a nod to this week’s content and the Purple Partners.
Tis’ the season for speculation, conjecture, and mere guessing. We are, after all, still a few weeks away from the beginning of the new league year, so teams are limited in what they can and can’t do. Factor in the unprecedented salary cap uncertainty and things are understandably a little murky right now.
In any case, various publications still offer food for thought regarding how teams ought to proceed with their rosters. The Star Tribune‘s Andrew Krammer, for instance, suggests that the Vikings may cut both Dan Bailey and Britton Colquitt, which would certainly be a dramatic reversal from the special teams stability the team appeared to have before the 2020 season. PFF also took some time to consider the usual suspects for roster cuts, suggesting that both Riley Reiff and Kyle Rudolph may end up playing for a new team in 2021. Personally, I think the Reiff cut option is now gone; the Vikings gave gim that $1 million roster bonus, a move that suggests they intend to keep him.
The Draft Hype
Weekly Spiral provided an interesting article on safety Ar’Darius Washington. They ask whether he can be “Honey Badger 2.0.” If he can, the Vikings – along with the rest of the NFL – ought to be supremely interested. The good folks over at Weekly Spiral praise his “his movement, physicality, ball skills, and high football IQ.” If he is available in the second or third round, as they speculate he will, Minnesota should seriously think about adding to their safety depth.
PFF also offers a couple really intriguing draft articles that many Vikings fans will enjoy. There is a list of ten players they’re more enthusiastic about than most, and one covering players they’re less enthusiastic about.
Let’s focus on the enthusiasm. We know about Christian Barmore and Jayson Oweh, so let’s dig a little deeper. PFF expresses their enthusiasm for tackle Sam Cosmi, who comes in at 36th on their draft board: “In this deep tackle class, Cosmi could be among the few that slide far further than they usually would. Cosmi was excellent in his first two years as a starter at tackle in 2018 and 2019, earning PFF grades of 79.7 and 83.9, respectively. He then took his play to elite status this past year, earning a 90.5 PFF grade in the process.” A high-end tackle who slides into the second round? The Vikings might just be interested in this sort of thing.
They also offer some praise for the aforementioned Washington: “Weighing in at under 180 pounds, he can still bench 370 pounds and squat 640 pounds.” Folks, PFF analysis isn’t Gospel; they’re far from infallible. That being said, they offer some good insight, and I’m certainly intrigued by some of the players they’re highlighting.
TVG and Purple Partners
We covered some interesting stuff this week at TVG. We considered the case for keeping Anthony Harris and suggested that perhaps Minnesota ought to consider Tyrell Williams at their WR3. There was also some talk of what to do at 3T, a great conversation with Sean Borman about the salary cap, and some reflections on Danchat’s detailed offseason plan for the Vikings.
The Purple Partners keep putting out great content. Dustin Baker talked about the need to bolster the corner position, and Kirby O’Connor makes the case for picking Rashod Bateman in the draft. Folks who are interested in YouTube coverage of our Vikings might consider The Vikings Report and Skol Network. Both offer their own unique style.
Reader: you are appreciated. Thanks for taking the time to swing over to TVG to check out this week’s Minnesota Vikings News Roundup. If you’re looking for some news to further lift your spirits, take a look at this story about a polar bear playing in the snow and water at a Minnesota zoo.