Vikings DT Michael Pierce showcases impressive athleticism in video clip

(Photo by Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports) Michael Pierce
(Photo by Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports) Michael Pierce /

Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Michael Pierce is looking impressive as he prepares for the 2021 season.

Around this time last offseason, the Minnesota Vikings and free-agent defensive tackle Michael Pierce were able to agree to a three-year deal worth $27 million.

Pierce spent his first four seasons in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens and the Vikings felt he would be a great replacement for Linval Joseph in the middle of their defensive line.

Unfortunately for Minnesota, Pierce ended up opting out of the 2020 season due to concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Vikings certainly could’ve used him on the field last year, especially since they allowed their opponents to rush for an average of 4.6 yards per carry (sixth-most in the NFL).

Video clip should get Minnesota Vikings fans excited about Michael Pierce

Since he played in another conference and he hasn’t been highly publicized during his pro career, a good amount of Minnesota fans don’t exactly know what to expect from Pierce when he finally suits up for the team next season.

Most assume he will help the Vikings’ defense improve in 2021, but there are still plenty of questions surrounding the 28-year-old defensive tackle. Some have even wondered what sort of shape Pierce will be in for next season since he hasn’t played a snap of football for more than a year.

Well, a recent video clip of the Minnesota defensive tackle working out might provide some clarity about his current shape and what he will add to the team in 2021.

What Pierce was able to showcase in this clip was very impressive. He’s currently listed at 340 pounds and in the clip, he was moving more like a 260-pound edge rusher.

What he was able to display in his workout should help people understand why the Vikings gave Pierce a $27 million contract last year.

Minnesota needed a new nose tackle for last season after they made the difficult decision to part ways with Joseph. With Pierce, it’s possible that the Vikings were able to land a new nose tackle who could end up being even better than Joseph.