4 biggest disappointments from the Vikings loss to the Bucs in Week 1

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Disappointment No. 4

Marcus Davenport being inactive

One of the bigger disappointments of Week 1 came before the game even started. When the Vikings announced their inactives, one of their biggest offseason acquisitions was on it.

Marcus Davenport, who Minnesota signed to replace Za'Darius Smith and provide pressure opposite Danielle Hunter, was out with an ankle injury. This forced D.J. Wonnum and Patrick Jones II to take his spot, leaving a big void in the Vikings' front seven.

What makes this so disappointing is Davenport's lengthy injury history. He's never played a full season in his career and always seems to have these nagging types of injuries that cause him to miss playing time.

Minnesota signing him was a bit of a gamble, and he can't make that gamble pay off if he's watching from the sidelines.


Maybe this will turn out to just be a one-game hiatus, but it's hard to imagine he'll be ready to roll in just a few days when the Vikings go to Philadelphia and take on the Eagles.

Who knows if having Davenport in the lineup would've made a difference against the Bucs, but the fact that one of the bigger free-agent signings missed the first game of his Minnesota career was a major disappointment.

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