Minnesota Vikings vs Steelers: Hall of Fame Game review

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The Confusing

Sep 21, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback

Marcus Sherels

(35) fights off New Orleans Saints tight end

Josh Hill

(89) as he carries the ball in the first half at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

  1. The role Marcus Sherels will play.  There were times last season when he looked like a somewhat competent cornerback, but the real reason he made the roster is his punt return ability.  While he’s still a very good punt returner, the emergence of Stefon Diggs as well as the presence of Adam Thielen make him expendable at this point.  He’ll have to prove he can show competency in both roles to stick with the team.
  2. Babatunde Aiyegbusi’s absence.  Fans were hoping to see the Polish powerhouse in action, but he was a healthy scratch from the game.  Maybe he still needs more time to refine his skills before seeing action.  Maybe they had other players that they have a priority to evaluate.  Either way, hopefully we’ll get to see him in action soon.
  3. The show “Blindspot” on NBC.  I swear, the commercial for this upcoming show was part of every commercial break.  From what I could tell, there was a woman with tattoos in a box which opened in the middle of a city with the ink hinting at things that will happen in the future.  I understand promoting their shows, but is a preseason NFL game between the Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers the best place to push it?  And did it need to be pushed SO DARNED HARD?  I’m tempted not to watch it out of spite.

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