The second quarter of the Minnesota Vikings season has concluded and the Vikings are 6-2. After four more games let’s see who has stepped up this quarter…
ICYMI: 1st Quarter awards
Most Valuable Player(s): Linval Joseph, Blair Walsh
With the absence of Sharrif Floyd over the last month due to injury Linval Joseph has stepped up in a huge way. He has eaten defenders, literally eating them two at a time. His play is allow this front seven to be effective against the run. He deserves Pro Bowl nods already and he’s only going to get better. Meanwhile, it looks like Blair Walsh has got his confidence back. He is drilling the ball through the uprights consistently again. His play was key into crucial late game winning field goals. We don’t want to lean on our kicker but we won’t mind him kicking us a late game win.
Most Invisible Player(s): Mike Wallace, Charles Johnson...well any receiver not named Stefon Diggs
Where the heck have Vikings receivers been?? All of them have been quite non-existent over the last four games. Wallace has four yards and 1 catch over the last two games. Injuries have definitely been a problem but our receiving core needs to step up over these next four games to help Teddy Bridgewater. A boost in our passing game is desperately needed for true contention in NFC.
Rookie Impact Player(s): Stefon Diggs, Danielle Hunter
This guy Diggs is special. He has beaten veteran corners like they have never played the game before, but remains humble about needing improvement. He pays attention to detail and it doesn’t hurt his route running is crisp. Watch his double moves and tell me that your ankles don’t hurt a little. I was skeptical about drafting Hunter as high as we did but Hunter is proving me wrong. His play has drastically improved, his footwork is much better, and…HE ACTUALLY USES HIS HANDS! With his size and length he can become a force on 3rd downs when Robison needs a rest.
Least Valuable Player: Still the spot next to Harrison Smith
This spot is still very leaky. Andrew Sendejo is playing better but not significantly. He is still lost in coverage and often times will leave a corner on an island in certain passing situations. If the Vikings could get good Safety play this secondary would drastically improve against this NFC Gauntlet coming up.
Best Captain: Adrian Peterson
Peterson has shaken off the rust that was evident in the first quarter of the season. He danced entirely too much in the back field and seemed to lack that extra gear. Peterson is now breaking more tackles and is becoming a consistent force to help out Bridgewater. Famine, Famine, Feast style of play is going away and he is helping the Vikings stay ahead of the chains. Hopefully over this next 8 games he does something similar to 2012’s last eight games.
Draft Pick Frustration: Trae Waynes
This quarter is not on Waynes, he’s played well and should start getting some more considerable play time. As a first round pick with blazing recovery speed Waynes would help against the speedy wideouts the Vikings are going to face. Terence Newman is not going to make very many mistakes and will make things tough on young receivers to get open, but he won’t give you the ability to cover younger faster receivers. Playing Waynes interchangeably with Newman, until Waynes can take over full time role. This coaching staff is going to need to take some risk this next quarter, this might be one of them.
Yinka ‘Prince’ Ayinde
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