Top Minnesota Vikings Rookies: Week 6 vs. the Philadelphia Eagles

(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Bisi Johnson
(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Bisi Johnson /
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(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Garrett Bradbury
(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Garrett Bradbury /

Rookie Vikings receiver, Bisi Johnson, continues to catch everything thrown his way. Against the Eagles, he hauled in a key pass that kept a Minnesota drive alive and helped put the game away.

It was close to being incomplete and could’ve gotten overturned had Philadelphia challenged the call, but they didn’t. Johnson did have one negative play during the matchup as he was flagged for an illegal block in the back.

Alexander Mattison was the Vikings’ leading rusher in Week 6. He finished the game with 63 yards on the ground and he continues to impress with his hard running, his burst, and his top-end speed.

Mattison couldn’t find the end zone on his lone goal-line carry and he also had a fumble late in the contest, which was a bit discouraging.

His role with the Vikings is to grind out tough yards at the end of games to help milk the clock. Ball security should be the first thing on Mattison’s mind when he’s getting carries late in a matchup. He cannot fumble in these situations.

The Eagles almost returned the fumble all the way for a score, and while it ultimately didn’t matter as the game was too far out of reach, it is something Minnesota’s rookie running back will need to work on to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

Top Vikings Rookie of Week 6

The Vikings’ rookie of Week 6 goes to the team’s big meaty center, Garrett Bradbury. Minnesota’s offensive line was exceptional against Philadelphia.

Kirk Cousins had a huge game throwing for 333 yards and four touchdowns as he was given plenty of time in the pocket and he was only sacked once. Not one time did we hear Fletcher Cox‘s name called and it was due to Bradbury and his teammates all but shutting him down.

The Vikings struggled a bit to move the ball on the ground against the Eagles, but they eventually got over the 100-yard mark. Bradbury played a key role on a lot of runs, getting downfield and making blocks on the second and even third levels. Minnesota’s rookie center also didn’t have a bad snap with Cousins this week, after having a few in each of the last two games.

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This was a big game for Bradbury and one he needed to regain some confidence in a rookie season that has been up and down so far.