5 major differences to expect from the Vikings in 2021

(Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports) Danielle Hunter
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Better depth

Injuries killed the Vikings last season. They were counting heavily on their senior figures staying healthy throughout the campaign and it didn’t take long for things to turn south once a couple of key players went down for a prolonged period.

This was a damning indictment on Minnesota’s depth across various key positions. Plenty of established veterans departed the organization last spring, and even though some adjustment was needed, the Vikings just didn’t have enough good pieces on their rotation.

Thankfully, this was also recognized by the front office, who did a tremendous job with minimal resources available financially to boost their roster during the offseason.

There is also the return to health of leading figures such as Danielle Hunter, Anthony Barr, and Eric Kendricks, with Michael Pierce also set to make his presence felt after opting out in 2020 due to COVID-19 health concerns.

Dealing with injuries is all part of the NFL. That’s just the nature of the business. Perhaps even more so this upcoming season with a new 17-game schedule to consider.

At the very least, the Vikings appear to have enough in the way of options to compensate for any injuries, which should stand them in good stead as they look to make an instant postseason return.