Vikings fans around the world had their first look at Kirk Cousins and many others on the Vikings’ offense during Week Two of the preseason. While the matchup against Indianapolis ended in a lowly 12-10 loss, there were certainly more positives than we saw in Week 1.
Kirk looked solid, yet unspectacular in his 2021 debut. Completing five of his seven passes, Kirk looked comfortable in the pocket. However, he was able to hit check-downs when his first read was not available and pick up gains. He even used his legs to scrounge up a first down when things got hot.
While it was not exactly the look I was hoping for after a somewhat eventful offseason, it was nice to just see him in action. I am sure that when Week 1 rolls around, the full Vikings’ offense will be super impressive.
The Vikings’ offense has been subject to a lot of criticism through two weeks of the preseason. I am not denying that the two games have been less than encouraging. However, the conservative playcalling is no doubt a result of it being, you guessed it, the preseason.
The depth at skill positions has looked good thus far, with Tyler Conklin, Ameer Abdullah, AJ Rose, and KJ Osborn all showing flashes. While Dan Chisena’s special teams’ prowess may keep him in contention to make the 53 man roster, Chad Beebe is doing all that he can to hang on to his spot.
I am excited to see what the full effect of Minnesota’s offense will look like in the regular season. With Justin Jefferson seemingly back to 100% and the offensive line looking improved, this could be a big year for the offense again.
Preseason Week Two Takeaways
Minnesota NEEDS Darrisaw Back Soon
The Vikings have spent most of the offseason without first-round pick Christian Darrisaw. A recent core-muscle procedure gives Minnesota hope that he could be back within a few weeks. His return should be seen with a giant celebration.
Rashod Hill is a solid veteran backup option, but this team just simply needs more. With Oli Udoh and Ezra Cleveland coming off impressive performances in Week 2, Darrisaw may be the last piece of the puzzle.
QB2 is Still Concerning
Kellen Mond, the team’s third-round pick, put together a better performance this Saturday. However, he does not look ready to take over if need be. Completing only 12 of his 28 attempts through two games, he certainly leaves something to be desired through the air. He also had a chance to lead a comeback win against Indy, but could not come up with any points.
Jake Browning has also looked less than impressive. Only going 11/25 for 113 yards does not exactly scream backup caliber. We were hoping one of these two guys would take over and earn the role. Instead, it looks like it will go to whoever struggles the least.
Welcome to LB3 Troy Dye
Troy Dye made five starts last season in the wake of an injury-ravaged unit. While he showed flashes, he did not look ready to take over a starting role. Last Saturday, we saw the Troy Dye that he was drafted to be. Highly athletic, strong tackler, and above average in coverage, Dye displayed all of his skills against Indy.
Do Not Count Out Ihmir Smith-Marsette
ISM has received some criticism at camp for not stepping into the role he was expected to. However, as we saw on Saturday, he can certainly boost the return game. Bringing back two kickoffs, Smith-Marsette showed the A+ athleticism and vision to excel on special teams.
He also showed his wiggle on his lone punt return, taking it back for 17 yards. With Ameer Abdullah possibly looking at an increased role on offense, watch out for ISM to blow up the return game.