Mack that thing up
Earlier in this list, the secondary was discussed as a unit that wasn’t getting enough attention. Minnesota made it a point to invest in that group this offseason by acquiring Patrick Peterson, Bashaud Breeland, and Xavier Woods to the Vikings as well as reuniting with Mackensie Alexander.
Sports Illustrated Vikings reporter Will Ragatz shared on Twitter that Alexander was having a “fantastic day” on Friday by being solid in coverage as a nickel defender in one-on-one and 11-on-11 drills.
Minnesota lost Alexander to the Bengals following the 2019 NFL season but returned to the team this offseason on a one-year deal. If he can perform well, that should allow him to cash in on a much bigger contract when the salary cap bounces back.
However, in the scope of this year, Alexander’s presence will help to add experience and familiarity to a unit that struggled mightily due to a lack of previous playing time and injuries that forced players into the lineup. If he can stay healthy, Mackensie should be penciled in as the team’s primary nickel defender for now.
Training camp continued for the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday and a few more things were brought to light during the team workouts and interviews.
What did you think were the biggest takeaways from Friday’s training camp? And what else did the Minnesota Vikings do that raised your interest during Day 3? Let us know your opinion in the comments.