Which Minnesota Vikings training camp battles should garner the most attention in 2020?
The Minnesota Vikings added a lot of new faces and let a handful of long-time veterans walk in 2020. They hope to get immediate contributions from free-agent signings and rookie NFL Draft picks as they kick off the 2020 season.
Defensive tackle Michael Pierce, a splash signing who comes over from the Baltimore Ravens, is set to make a big impact as he replaces Linval Joseph. First-round picks, wide receiver Justin Jefferson and cornerback Jeff Gladney, will also be expected to step in as day-one starters.
Still, there are questions on both sides of the ball about who will win starting jobs or play key rotational spots for the Vikings in 2020.
Let’s start with what we do know. Quarterback Kirk Cousins and running back Dalvin Cook are going to be the leaders of the offense as they return from a strong 2019 campaign. Wide receiver Adam Thielen enters the season as the team’s top pass catcher with the departure of Stefon Diggs. Brian O’Neill and Garrett Bradbury will be the two starters who definitely have their jobs on the offensive line.
Defensively, Danielle Hunter, Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks remain the stars. The safety duo of Harrison Smith and Anthony Harris is back for at least one more season, giving some experience in the secondary. Special teams will remain the same as Dan Bailey and Britton Colquitt return to Minnesota.
What spots are not so certain as we near the start of training camp?