7 takeaways from the first three weeks of Vikings OTAs

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Depth is already beginning to be a slight concern

Minnesota’s new offense is expected to utilize the team’s wide receivers more, meaning the depth of this group is going to be a lot more important than it was under the previous coaching staff.

So when Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell revealed last week that Ihmir Smith-Marsette is dealing with an injury that will keep him sidelined for the remainder of the team’s spring practices, it’s significant.

Smith-Marsette, who O’Connell says is expected to be recovered in time for training camp, will likely be competing to be Minnesota’s No. 4 receiver this summer, a role that can quickly turn into the team’s No. 3 receiver if there’s an injury to a player higher on the depth chart.

The Vikings did go out and sign Albert Wilson last week to help make up for Smith-Marsette’s absence, but he’s someone who is coming off of a 2021 season with the Miami Dolphins where he caught a grand total of 25 passes.

The injury to Smith-Marsette, who could also be competing to be Minnesota’s punt returner this year, is definitely something to keep an eye on.