5 riddles Mike Zimmer must solve at Vikings training camp in 2021

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What riddles must head coach Mike Zimmer solve during training camp with the Minnesota Vikings in 2021?

This year’s training camp is a hugely important one for the Minnesota Vikings. Their failure to meet expectations last season piles even more pressure on the team in 2021, so what transpires in the coming weeks will go a long way to determining what can be accomplished during the upcoming campaign.

Mike Zimmer got everything he could possibly want this offseason. The Vikings worked wonders with minimal financial resources at their disposal going into free agency, which was boosted by a draft full of intriguing prospects that should bolster depth considerably.

Some things can be worked out pretty quickly. Minnesota knows who the key players to any success that comes their way will be, but some problems also need to be decided upon one way or another at camp and the preseason before competitive action begins.

With this in mind, here are five problems Zimmer must solve at Vikings’ training camp in 2021.

Riddle No. 1

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Kicking conundrum

The Vikings have some kicking issues, which comes as no surprise to anybody who’s followed the team for a significant period of time. Dan Bailey was released as expected after a 2020 campaign littered with disappointment, meaning all eyes will be on Greg Joseph and Riley Patterson at training camp.

There is the option of bringing in another veteran if Minnesota doesn’t like what it sees from either player. Perhaps one that doesn’t quite make a team elsewhere when it’s time to decide the final cuts.

Hopefully, one of the inexperienced pair can step up to the plate and provide the consistency needed. Lord knows it’s been a while since the Vikings had someone with long-term dependability from the kicking position.