Minnesota Vikings vs Tennessee Titans: Preseason game review

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Sep 3, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Taylor Heinicke (6) is hit by Tennessee Titans linebacker

Andy Studebaker

(56) as he throws the ball during the second half at Nissan Stadium. The Titans won 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Good

  1. Taylor Heinicke looked like a guy worthy of being a QB3.  With Mike Kafka no longer in the picture, Heinicke got the start and played the entire game.  While he wasn’t great, he was good enough that the team should realize the potential and hold onto him for safe keeping. (27/41 passing for 279 yards and 2 TDs. 2 carries for 21 yards)
  2. Andrew Sendejo deserves a place on this roster.  Of all the players I watched in this game, I really enjoyed watching him flying all over the field, including a big tackle on 4th down that gave the Vikings back the ball when the Titans were marching.  Add in his special teams value, and he’s a big asset for the team. (4 total tackles, 1 tackle for loss)
  3. Eric Kendricks showing great range and mobility.  I know many are already saying that the middle linebacker job is now Gerald Hodges‘ to lose, but don’t count out Kendricks.  While he may not get a starting nod this year, Kendricks is showing that he has what it takes to be a starter in this league.  (4 total tackles, 2 solo)
  4. There is no denying Justin Trattou.  I will seriously be disappointed if Trattou isn’t part of the final roster.  He’s shown the ability to be disruptive and get in passing lanes this preseason, which will make him a very valuable part of the Vikings defensive line rotation. (4 total tackles, 2 solo, 1 for a loss)
  5. Stefon Diggs shows why the hype could be real!  There’s not doubting that people love Stefon Diggs, but he has the potential to actually be the real deal.  Yes, he did have one fumble trying to stretch for a first down, but I’ll chalk that up as a rookie mistake and forgive the kid considering everything else.  (8 catches on 9 targets, 85 receiving yards and 1 TD.  1 punt return for 29 yards)

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