4 things to expect from the Vikings pass-catchers in 2020

(Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) Adam Thielen
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Cook will be the de-facto WR2

Yes, Dalvin Cook will end the 2020 regular season with receiving totals that rank as the second-best wide receiver on the Vikings, or darn close to it.

This won’t be due to  Justin Jefferson and others struggling (that will be touched on later). But Minnesota’s offense will more closely mirror a New England Patriots model where the running backs are targeted heavily.

In the past, one primary wide receiver usually does the bulk of the damage for the Patriots and the rest of the team’s pass-catchers will fall in line. Pull up New England’s receiving totals from 2019 and is likely what the Vikings’ group of pass-catchers will loosely resemble during the upcoming season.

If one is still not convinced of this hypothesis, look no further than Minnesota’s 2019 team. Cook finished with 519 receiving yards and this was the second-most of anyone on the squad.

Now, this was largely due to Adam Thielen being injured and missing a few games. But in 2020, Cook will either be Minnesota’s second-leading receiver or close to it.  A safe wager is that his receiving yardage total will be in the 600 to 900 range.