The Vikings Are Back – Vikings Territory

Jul 28, 2018; Eagan, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings new training facility TCO Performance Center in Eagan MN. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

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July 28, 2018; Eagan, MN, USA; The TCO Performance Center, the Minnesota Vikings’ new training facility in Eagan MN. Mandatory credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The offseason is finally over. Fans had to wait long enough for the players back in action to get ready for real football, but the Vikings arrived at training camp on Sunday — at least some of them. The veterans got two more days off, but some of them joined the novices and arrived a few days early.

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June 8, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Armon Watts (96) performs a drill during mandatory minicamp at the TCO Performance Center. Mandatory credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

Thirty-seven players reported to the TCO Performance Center on Sunday as the Vikings announced, Here’s the full list (Veterans in bold):

  • Jordan Addison
  • junior hey
  • alan ali
  • Calvin Avery
  • Abraham Beauplan
  • Ross Blacklock
  • mekhi blackmon
  • Andre Carter II
  • Jackie Chan
  • CJ Colden, Jr.
  • Kirk Cousin
  • jerren hall
  • wilson huber
  • lucky jackson
  • Cepheus Johnson III
  • malik knowles
  • William Quenkeau
  • james lynch
  • Garrett Maag
  • devan mcbride
  • Nick Mullens
  • zack ojile
  • Brian O’Neill
  • Evan Pace Jr.
  • Harrison Phillips
  • jack podlesny
  • blake proehl
  • chris reed
  • Jacqueline Roy
  • Sam Schlueter
  • ben sims
  • TJ Smith
  • Josh Sokol
  • Thayer Thomas
  • naji thompson
  • jay ward
  • jailyn williams

As in the previous season, all three quarterbacks came in early. Kirk Cousins ​​is the starter, but veteran Nick Mullens and rookie Jaren Hall will compete for the backup spot. It should also be noted that the NFL implemented an emergency QB position on gameday rosters so that the Vikings could have three quarterbacks, unlike in 2022.

September 11, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Brian O’Neal (75) and Green Bay Packers linebacker Rashan Gary (52) in action at US Bank Stadium. Mandatory credit: Jeffrey Baker-USA TODAY Sports

Brian O’Neal’s recovery from injury will be a key topic in the coming weeks. His Achilles tendon was partially torn in the Week 17 loss against the Green Bay Packers. The Vikings need him back on the field to form an elite tackle pairing with Christian Darrishaw as the cornerstone of their offensive line.

Also notable are the four defensive tackles, James Lynch, Harrison Phillips, TJ Smith and Ross Blacklock. While Phillips is the top man on the defensive line, everyone else is competing for the starting job but also at risk of losing his roster spot. Getting a few extra days of work can help them compete.

Jordan Addison, a first-round pick, returned to the facility after making news with off-the-field issues. He also missed all organized team activities and minicamp due to the injury. He is going to play a key role in the plans for the 2023 Vikings and the years to come. It will be important for him to get used to the NFL quickly.

December 18, 2021; Shreveport, LA, USA; UAB Blazers running back Deven McBride (22) breaks a tackle against BYU Cougars linebacker Max Tooley (31) during the fourth quarter during the 2021 Independence Bowl at Independence Stadium. Mandatory credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports.

Like Addison, Deven McBride also missed off-season workouts. The rookie enters a crowded RB room where multiple players are fighting for jobs and features. Alexander Mattison is expected to be the starter, but the rookie had a productive college career and could make life difficult for the veteran.

Veterans are scheduled to arrive on Tuesday. Defensive end Danielle Hunter could opt to stay away from the team until his contract demands are met, which will be another interesting topic in the coming weeks.

Minnesota plays its first preseason game on August 10 in Seattle, and the regular season opener on September 10 at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Janik Eckardt is a football fan who loves numbers and statistics. The Vikings became his favorite team at the time, despite quarterback Christian Ponder. He is a walking football encyclopedia, loves watching sitcoms and classic rock is his musical genre of choice. If you like Vikings, follow them on Twitter: @JanikEckardt

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