One of the latest Minnesota Vikings rumors has minicamp potentially starting in the middle of June.
With everything that has gone on during the last few months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, teams around the NFL like the Minnesota Vikings have been forced to conduct their offseason activities in a way that’s never been done before.
Typically, the Vikings hold a few voluntary OTA sessions before a mandatory minicamp begins in the early part of the summer. This year, however, the pandemic has forced Minnesota to conduct all of their offseason programs virtually.
But good news could be on the horizon for the Vikings and every other team around the league.
Vikings minicamp could reportedly begin as early as June 15.
With more restrictions related to social distancing beginning to decrease all over the country, there’s apparently a possibility that teams around the NFL could begin their mandatory minicamps as soon as June 15 and June 27 at the latest according to Yahoo’s Charles Robinson on Tuesday.
If this were to actually happen, it would be huge for Minnesota. The Vikings experienced a lot of roster turnover this offseason and getting all of their new players up to speed as quick as possible will be vital in their quest to return to the playoffs in 2020.
A minicamp and a regularly scheduled training camp this summer would especially be helpful for the 15 rookies Minnesota added in this year’s NFL Draft. Adjusting to the pros is already hard enough for college players, so getting the opportunity to have actual in-person coaching would be huge for their development.
For now, these are just rumors and a lot still has to happen before things around the NFL can really begin to get back to normal. But as each day passes and more teams around the league re-open their facilities, the optimism for a regularly scheduled 2020 NFL season will only continue to increase.