Days after Vikings coach Mike Zimmer expressed a positive attitude towards the injured star player Anthony Barr, the veteran linebacker apparently missed training.
In fact, Barr has been training with the team for more than three weeks, which makes some people wonder whether he can participate in the season opener in Cincinnati on September 12. According to reports, he has been recovering from knee injuries, and he was seen riding a stationary bike during training earlier this week.
Although the Vikings seem to be optimistic about Barr’s chances of participating in the opener in a week and a half, the fact that they currently have seven linebackers on their roster may indicate that they are making plans in case he cannot play. When asked about the overeating of players in that position, Zimmer said it was more about the depth of the special team than anything else.
“I’ve been chattering to those people in the special team,” Zimmer said. “We have to perform better in special teams. I always say to these players,’If you are not playing in a special team and you are a substitute player, you better worry about being cut.”
In addition to Barr, running backs Alexander Mattison and Kenneth Nwangwu missed training again due to injuries, as did wide receiver Dan Chisena, left tackle Christian Daliso and safety guard Josh Mettlers in this way. The recently acquired tight ends Chris Herndon and Ben Ellfeson were also absent.
Is it MOND QB2?
In addition to Kirk Cousins, rookie Karen Mond is currently the only quarterback on the 53-man roster. But this does not mean that he has won the backup job.
When asked about Mond on Wednesday morning, Zimmer made it clear that the situation may change before the first game.
“We will see what happens in the next few days,” he said. “Everything is very smooth.”
A few hours later, the Seattle Seahawks released veteran quarterback Sean Mannion, and a source told Pioneer Press that the Vikings were interested in bringing him back.
If the Vikings do sign Mannion at some point, it is likely to make Mond slip on the depth chart. Obviously, the rookie still has a long way to go in his development.
“I think he has gotten better in the past two or three games,” Zimmer said of Mond. “He did a good job with the script. He threw some good shots. He made some mistakes like most rookies. We will wait and see. We must continue to make him better.”
Do not. 3 Receiving point
Perhaps the most interesting positional battle in the entire training camp is tracking which player will become the third receiver behind the energetic duo of Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen.
The main competitors for this job include KJ Osborn, rookie Ihmir Smith-Marsette and veteran Dede Westbrook.
As the training camp progressed, Osborne slowly began to separate himself from the crowd. In other words, Smith Masset later started playing, and Westbrook had more experience than the two players combined.
“This is beyond my control,” Osborne said. “That’s for the coach. My job is to go out, listen to game calls, and do my job. All these things will be handled by myself.”