4 ambitious goals for new Vikings DE Yannick Ngakoue in 2020

(Photo by Logan Bowles/Getty Images) Yannick Ngakoue
(Photo by Logan Bowles/Getty Images) Yannick Ngakoue /
3 of 5
Minnesota Vikings
(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Yannick Ngakoue /

Register at least 15 tackles for a loss

Yannick Ngakoue’s ability to cause havoc in opposing backfields has been there for all to see during his career. His unique blend of athleticism is matched by a fine repertoire of pass-rushing moves. But his presence in the run game is another feature to his game that often gets overlooked.

His explosive power makes him extremely difficult to move off the block. This has come with a tremendous amount of success for Ngakoue, who has posted double-digit tackles for a loss in each of the last three seasons.

This is a trend that should continue with the Vikings. Their run defense might be a little worse off without the presence of Linval Joseph and Michael Pierce in 2020. But adding someone like Ngakoue could be a real shot in the arm for their defensive line.

Getting 10-plus tackles for a loss should be a minimum goal for Ngakoue this season. He is motivated, entering his prime years, and is looking to make Minnesota his home with a lucrative new deal next spring. These components could see him secure career-highs across the board if he reaches his ceiling.

An ambitious target in the tackles for a loss could be in the region of 15. This would be two more than Ngakoue managed to achieve over the last two seasons. If he could attain or even surpass this, then it is going to be another shrewd move in the trade market by Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman.