Welcome to today's Vikings Live Chat. Matt Vensel will be here at noon to answer questions and respond to comments. You can start leaving them now. Thanks for joining us.
Good afternoon, Vikings fans. The first walkthrough of camp just wrapped up and we heard from Mike Zimmer, too. Now I'm ready for your questions. Fire away.
I think they are disappointed that Taylor Heinicke got injured in such a ridiculous manner, but there is no reason for them to cut ties. He is starting camp on the non-football injury list and can be placed on the PUP if needed at the start of the season. When that happens, he will not count against the 53-man roster until he is ready, then they will have to make a decision whether to keep him. But no doubt this is a missed opportunity for Taylor and will certainly benefit rookie QB Joel Stave.
Well, he's 31 now, so it's hard to imagine him magically getting significantly better. Plus, Jerick McKinnon is poised to have a breakout season if they give him more snaps. I think the bigger deal when it comes to Adrian and his playing time is whether he can adapt to running out of the shotgun. If he still struggles doing that, it would impact his carries a little bit in 2016 and his future beyond 2016.
There are no challengers to either on the roster.
OK, well, it's certainly a pivotal season for him. He will be a free agent after the season, and even if he doesn't find a way to convince the Vikings to keep him, he will also be auditioning for 31 other teams. There is no doubt he is talented and he seems to be more focused this year. But in terms of what he does on offense, I would keep your expectations low, unless this coaching staff finally becomes committed to finding ways to put him in position to make plays instead of trying to shove a square peg into a round hole.
We reported right away that Phil had suffered another injury and he confirmed that on a conference call with reporters later that day. It was all on the Access Vikings blog and in Tuesday's newspaper.
There is no clear favorite this year, so I'll take MoBo.
That he starts fairly early in the season, if not in Week 1, and catches about 50 passes and scores around six touchdowns. So yeah, I think he can make a significant impact right away.
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He left for the Washington Post a year ago. Where have you been?
Mike Zimmer said both yesterday and today that as of this moment, the Vikings plan to stand pat at quarterback. But he stressed that things could change a week from now. So stay tuned.
The biggest camp storyline by far is how the offensive line comes together. Zimmer just said he wants to pick a starting five ASAP but there will be competition and shuffling at the start of training camp.
I don't agree that they are deep at wide receiver. Now, they have a decent group. But wide receiver is not an area of strength for them, at least not yet. But yes, Charles Johnson is squarely on the bubble because he is limited on special teams. I'm not sure, though, if any teams would be willing to trade for him, especially when they know they can get him for nothing if the Vikings cut him.
I'm sure they are interested in him as a backup, but right now they are standing pat.
That will depend on what Stave shows the Vikings in training camp and the preseason.
Camp started this morning with a walkthrough, and no football is actually played in the walkthrough, so it's hard to say what I've seen other than he had some really nice luggage yesterday.
I'm guessing you mean draft picks. Beyond Treadwell, tight end David Morgan seems most likely to get a decent among of playing time should he make the roster. But I don't see guys like Mackensie Alexander or Kentrell Brothers getting much run beyond special teams.
From left to right: Kalil, Boone, Sullivan, Fusco, Smith. But Sullivan is a wild card. There is no way to know for sure if his back will hold up until he actually has to start blocking 350-pound defensive tackles for real.
I don't know. Unfortunately for us beat writers, it looks like it will probably be another uncertain offseason for Adrian and the Vikings. But let's worry about 2016 first.
Short and scrappy with a lot of upside. I think he sticks with the team.
The hype isn't coming from inside the building. Basically, Zimmer was complimentary of Patterson and his work ethic but it was far from excessive praise. Then us newspaper guys and bloggers write about it, then others write about it and there's a snowball effect. Patterson is very much a wild card this season.