Grading the Minnesota Vikings performance in the 2021 preseason

(Photo by Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports) Cameron Dantzler
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  • Grade: D

The Vikings offense really struggled during the 2021 preseason. Granted, the team didn’t have Justin Jefferson or Dalvin Cook and had to rely on its third and fifth runningbacks, but the overall performance was very lackluster.

The team averaged just under 300 yards a game. They were held without a touchdown until the second half of the Week 3 contest against the Kansas City Chiefs when A.J. Rose Jr. broke free and found the end zone.

After gaining a fair amount of buzz in early August, Jake Browning struggled badly in his performances. He was indecisive with the football and was constantly overthrowing his man.

Kellen Mond also struggled early, clearly unsure whether he should tuck the ball and run or throw it. When he did throw, he preferred the check down option and didn’t take any shots down the field.

The offensive line was a mixed bag. Dakota Dozier was once again awful, as was Dru Samia. Blake Brandel also suffered plenty of growing pains, and even Rashod Hill, who is likely going to be a starter, whiffed on some blocks that led to sacks.

The major positive to come out of the preseason was the rushing attack. Rose ran for 151 yards and two scores, and the offensive line did a good job opening up holes for him. Mond also took a step forward in the final game, using his legs to pick up yardage, and was able to find receivers down the field.

While the Vikings would’ve liked to see a few more touchdowns this preseason, especially from the first-team offense, they did have some good things happen despite the overall lack of an offensive attack.