4 ways the Vikings can improve on offense in 2021

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Get a true No. 3 wide receiver

The Vikings had arguably the NFL’s most prolific wide receiver tandem in Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson in 2020 following the rookie’s exceptional start to life at the next level.

However, if they want to take a further leap forward next season, then they must find another wideout who is capable of putting up solid numbers.

Bisi Johnson was a relative afterthought in Gary Kubiak’s scheme after an encouraging first year in the pros. Whether this will change with a new coordinator remains to be seen. But adding another consistent performer who can make big plays would do Kirk Cousins a world of good.

As stated previously, the Vikings aren’t expected to have very much spending money to bring in proven veterans unless some serious sacrifices are made elsewhere. Filling their holes with incoming college recruits seems to be the most likely scenario, but getting instant production from prospects further down the pecking order is unreliable at best.

There is a chance Minnesota can get a veteran in on the cheap with the salary-cap being what it is. But the decision-makers need to be shrewd with their choices in free agency and they might decide that more pressing needs on defense need to take priority.

Whichever route the Vikings choose to go down, getting a third receiver who can make a difference primarily from the slot is essential if they want to make a return to the postseason in 2021.