Evaluating the Vikings 2020 offseason gambles at the bye

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The Minnesota Vikings took some chances at certain positions in the offseason and not many of those gambles have paid off this season.

The Minnesota Vikings had some tough choices to make in the 2020 offseason. They were strapped for cash and knew they’d be cutting plenty of veterans. They ended up letting go of players like Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes, Everson Griffen, and Linval Joseph. The team would’ve liked to have been able to keep the majority of these players but didn’t have much of a choice when looking at it from a financial standpoint

While those moves were necessary, what hasn’t been as concrete are the choices the Vikings made to move forward. In some cases, they’ve replaced experience with youth, and have flat out failed to upgrade certain positions altogether.

They’ve had to take some gambles as the 2020 season approached and not every risk they’ve taken has paid off. Here’s a list of five gambles the Vikings made heading into the 2020 season and where they stand after the first six games of the year.