Vikings Training Camp 2021: Top 5 takeaways from Day 7

Jul 30, 2021; Eagan, MN, United States; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Whop Philyor (16) catches a pass at training camp at TCO Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 30, 2021; Eagan, MN, United States; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Whop Philyor (16) catches a pass at training camp at TCO Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports /
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Watts going on?

Michael Pierce is still sidelined for now with a calf injury but that doesn’t mean the defensive line suffered during training camp. in his place, Armon Watts played next to Dalvin Tomlinson and seemed to impress in that role.

Courtney Cronin observed him having “a few strong days” at nose tackle where he got after quarterback Jake Browning a handful of times. Any time a big man can get penetration like that, it is a win for the defense.

She also quoted defensive line coach Andre Patterson as saying that Watts is in the “best shape of his life” and looked the part. If this is true, the defensive line could be a major strength for the team going forward.

Having someone like Watts as a backup will be huge for the Minnesota Vikings. Last year, he flashed at times, especially when getting after quarterbacks or despite the unit struggling as a whole in that department.

What did you learn from the team’s training camp on Wednesday? And how do you feel about the direction the Minnesota Vikings are leaning this season? Let us know your opinion in the comments section.