For the second straight yr, Minnesota is off to an 0-2 begin and the Vikings have received simply as soon as of their final six video games relationship again to Dec. 13 of final season.
They have been on the receiving finish of two straight walkoff subject targets — towards the Bengals in Week 1 and towards the Cardinals in Week 2.
All the standard suspects — Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Prepare dinner, Adam Thielen, and so forth. — are taking part in effectively for Minnesota, although there may be one space the place the Vikings have not seen a lot manufacturing and it is with their rookies.
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Final week not one of the Vikings 11 2021 draft picks performed offensive or defensive snaps, based on Professional Soccer Focus’ Mike Renner.
Vikings chosen 11 gamers in final April’s draft
None of them performed an offensive or defensive snap towards the Cardinals on Sunday
— Mike Renner (@PFF_Mike) September 21, 2021
That is nothing new for Mike Zimmer’s crew, which additionally noticed rookies take the fewest snaps in Week 1 as effectively.
Groups with the fewest snaps performed from rookies in Week 1:
— Mike Renner (@PFF_Mike) September 14, 2021
A lot of the rationale for the shortage of rookie taking part in time in Minnesota has been attributable to damage — like 23rd general decide left sort out Christian Darrisaw — or gamers simply being inactive, like third spherical decide at quarterback Kellen Mond. Some are additionally both backups or past on the depth chart and a few are on the follow squad.
All instructed, 4 of their rookies had been energetic for Week 2, and three noticed the sphere, however just for particular groups.
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The Vikings have had probably the most draft picks in every of the final three drafts and 4 of the final 5, however that is the primary yr since that pattern emerged the place rookies have didn’t see the sphere at any actual noticeable clip.
With a mean age of 26.Four years outdated, they’re the second-oldest crew of their division, the Vikings may wish some younger manufacturing going through two usually powerful groups in Seattle and Cleveland in Weeks Three and 4, respectively.
There’s hope that Darrisaw will come again from damage within the coming weeks and be an instantaneous impression participant on the offensive line, whereas operating again Kene Nwangwu and defensive finish Janarius Robinson are each on injured reserve, however may doubtlessly make an impression as soon as they return.