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We’re already at the second preseason game of the Minnesota Vikings 2019 season. Game 1 produced some entertaining performances from new and old Vikings players. As the preseason progresses, the stakes get higher, and players must continue performing at a high level. This week, it’s the Minnesota Vikings versus the Seattle Seahawks. There’s still a ton to watch in terms of depth chart battles, but let’s take a look at what’s really important.
D.K. Metcalf vs. Minnesota Vikings corners
Metcalf made waves by dominating the NFL Combine. His athletic ability impressed nearly everyone who watched him compete, and the Seahawks took him in the draft.
Now that he’s on an NFL roster, the question becomes if he can compete at a high level. He only caught one pass last week against Denver, but he’ll be tested even more against the Minnesota Vikings cornerbacks. Xavier Rhodes will give him plenty of trouble, but even lining up against Trae Wayne and Mackensie Alexander will test him. Metcalf has a lot to prove still, but we’ll get a good gauge of where he’s at after this one.
Minnesota Vikings Rookies
Alexander Mattison, Olabisi Johnson and Cameron Smith made names for themselves in their first games as Minnesota Vikings. They get another chance to showcase their talents once again.
Mattison benefits from Dalvin Cook’s recovery, and will get a bunch of carries even if Cook plays against Seattle. Johnson’s competing for a depth position at wide receiver, and had an impressive showing with his two catches for 35 yards and a touchdown. News of the Vikings shopping Laquon Treadwell means Johnson could have more room to make the roster. Smith continued to be the tackling machine and leader he was at USC, making seven tackles.
These are three that made a splash in Week 1 for Minnesota, but there are also plenty of other rookies looking to make the team. Once again, they’ll play a big role in the Vikings season, so these reps are extremely valuable.
First team production
Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings first team offense looked extremely efficient on their one drive last week. Cousins finished 4-for-4 with 65 yards and a touchdown to Mattison. It only took them eight plays to score. That kind of efficiency would be welcomed all year, but that’s a tough pace to keep.
Will we see them more than one drive? Yes. How many drives will they play? Who knows. If they put together two drives like their first, we may not see them again. We know what we’re getting from Cousins, Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, and a handful of others, but it’s about timing and chemistry. Mike Zimmer doesn’t want to risk injury this early still, so stay tuned for the next two games to see these guys more. It’s hard not to get excited after what they did last week.