Michael Pierce – DT
Opting out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 health concerns was something Michael Pierce was more than entitled to do, even if it did hurt Minnesota’s chances considerably after they released Linval Joseph in free agency.
Pierce was set to be an instant replacement for the imposing defensive tackle, who eventually signed for the Los Angeles Chargers.
Not having him around the set-up was a huge blow and just how much we can expect from the player throughout the upcoming campaign is dependent is unclear at this juncture.
Realistically speaking, it will take Pierce time to get into game day shape, although having a structured offseason and some preseason games will help. But don’t be surprised if he struggles and the Vikings also recognize this possibility if their acquisition of Sheldon Richardson is any indication.