Minnesota Vikings : After the team’s first two preseason games this year, a few of the Minnesota Vikings 2019 rookies have looked pretty impressive.
One of the biggest keys of every preseason for the Minnesota Vikings is the play of their rookies. For the veterans, the Vikings generally have a good idea of what they bring to the table. But for the rookies, it is a completely different story.
So far, Minnesota’s first-year players are off to a good start after the team’s two preseason games this summer.
The play of the Vikings 2019 first-round pick, center Garrett Bradbury, has especially earned some praise not just from the fans, but also from both the local and national media.
Since 2014, Minnesota has had one of the worst offensive lines (excluding 2017) in the NFL. If Bradbury even has an average rookie campaign this year, it will be a big help to the Vikings. Obviously, the better he plays, the more it will benefit the team.
Second-round pick, Irv Smith Jr., has looked good for Minnesota this summer as well. Not just with catching passes, but the young tight end has delivered some good blocks too.
With fellow tight end Kyle Rudolph and wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen in the mix, Smith is not expected to be a featured part of the Vikings’ offense this season. But he could very well make some plays here and there.
Former Minnesota Vikings kicker Daniel Carlson has not missed a field goal attempt or an extra point try in his last 11 games with the Oakland Raiders.
For whatever reason, Daniel Carlson’s tenure with the Minnesota Vikings was shorter than a Christian Ponder Hail Mary pass.
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After the Vikings selected him in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft, Carlson was immediately burdened with being the guy to erase Mike Zimmer’s re-occurring memories of Blair Walsh. Anything outside of perfect wasn’t going to be acceptable to Zimmer and the young Minnesota kicker was pretty much doomed after he got the call from the team on draft day.
Thanks to Zimmer’s tolerance with kickers being worse than his ability to hide his chewing tobacco in a bag of sunflower seeds, Carlson lasted a whole two games with the Vikings before he was canned in 2018.
Shortly after his departure from the Twin Cities, he was given another chance by the Oakland Raiders. Ever since he put on the silver and black, the 24-year-old kicker has proven why he was worth a draft pick last year.
In his last 11 games with the Raiders (regular season and preseason), Carlson has made all 19 of his field goal tries and all 21 of his extra point attempts. For those wondering, this is also known as perfection.
Carlson’s success in Oakland proves that Minnesota’s decision to release him after just two games was the wrong choice.