Heading into the second game of the Minnesota Vikings’ preseason, let’s take a look back at what happened in game 1, and what that means moving forward. It was a bittersweet night for the Vikings group of rookies as every single one is fighting every second to earn a roster spot.
While two of the rookies (on the offensive side of the ball) had a tremendous first game on an NFL field, there was some bad news on the defensive side.
Let’s start with the positive aspects of the game. Rookie wide receiver Cordarrelle “Flash” Patterson was off to a very solid start and showed plenty of talent on the field for the Vikings. If there’s one thing that Flash will bring to the Vikings this year, it’s versatility.
How about a 22-yard catch over the middle late in the first quarter, and then 18 yards over the middle in the second? Oh wait, let’s dial back to the opening kickoff of the game running 50 yards from deep in the endzone to give the Vikes some excellent field position.
If Patterson has no issue catching balls over the middle, down the sidelines or running them off kickoffs, he could be a huge value for helping out the offense and star running back Adrian Peterson.
But that’s not all that was solid about the Vikings’ offense, as another rookie really strutted his stuff for everyone to see. Undrafted rookie fullback Zach Line has been busting his ass trying to make the Vikings ever since he was passed on several times during draft night(s). He’s determined as anyone – and if you don’t believe me, just check out his daily workout of pulling a freakin’ truck.
So Zach Line was given an opportunity last week to step on the field in Vikings’ purple and boy did he make the most of it. He ran a short flat route that probably would’ve gone for 7 or 8 yards, and after breaking a tackle, turned it into a 61-yard touchdown. That’s no typo folks, with his parents in the stands, Zach Line had the greatest moment of his life and further proved to the Vikings that they should sign him.
Last year, the Vikings’ offense was all AP, but with the possible additions of Patterson and Line, this group could be really scary.
There was some slightly unfortunate news as well as another first round pick, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd injured his knee while attacking the quarterback late in the first half of the game. Fortunately, the MRI came back showing no damage to his knee, but this will be an ongoing concern for the Vikings moving forward.
Preseason is all about figuring out the guys trying to make the roster in order to put the best lineup on the field when it matters. Looks like the Vikings are going to have some serious decisions to make with these talented rookies, but I guess, that’s really a problem they’d like to have.