Defensive MVP – Honorable Mentions
As a whole, the defense of the Minnesota Vikings had some ups and downs in this game. Players like Teddy Bridgewater, Taysom Hill, and Lil’Jordan Humphrey gave them fits at times. But there were some players who really shined in this game, yet didn’t earn the Defensive MVP award.
- Ifeadi Odenigbo, defensive end – For a guy who didn’t make the team the last few years, Odenigbo is off to a good start this preseason. He got pressure on multiple occasions even though he didn’t register a sack and managed three tackles in run support. A nice effort from him this game!
- Anthony Barr, linebacker – Barr didn’t see a lot of action in this game, but when he was on the field he was getting to the ball quickly. He didn’t get a sack or break up a pass, but he was excellent when tackling, bringing down four ball carriers with solo tackles.
- Trae Waynes, cornerback – The solid-tackling defensive back got so show off some of his coverage skills by defending what looked like a Saints touchdown to force a field goal. He added one tackle as well, having a complete game in the short time he was on the field.
- Jalyn Holmes, defensive tackle – Holmes was EVERYWHERE in this game, but he is best recognized for tipping the ball that eventually turned into a pick-six for Nate Meadors. Sprinkle in four tackles (all solo) and one sack and you have a complete game from last year’s fourth-round draft pick.