It will be very interesting to see what Josh Dobbs is able to do with a full week of practices.
If he does well the rest of the year, Kirk Cousins could get Wally Pipped!
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“How’d he do it?” Tarkenton said in a video posted to social media. “It’s impossible for him to do what he did. He got us 30-plus points. ... He had to deal with the crowd noise. The position, when you come in five days before, nobody can do that. It’s impossible to learn the offense. He didn’t even know the players’ names. And he certainly didn’t understand the offense.”
“People don’t understand the system is important,” he said. “And our head coach, he really understands how to put together an offensive team. ... Kirk Cousins may have been the best quarterback in the NFL until he got hurt. ... But even with the great system, it’s impossible to do what Josh Dobbs did. Impossible. But he did it. ... It was a great thrill for me.”
Highest-graded player: WR Justin Jefferson (89.9)
Jefferson has been on IR since Week 5 but still ranks 17th in receiving yards (571) and 30th in receptions (36). On top of that, Jefferson is the fifth-highest-graded wide receiver.
Biggest surprise: S Camryn Bynum (85.1)
The former fourth-round pick has two interceptions and four forced incompletions in coverage. He has also earned the fifth-highest coverage grade among safeties (84.8).
Stat to know: The Vikings rank 29th in pressure rate (29.3%).
Minnesota Vikings (5-4): B
They probably ought to be 7-2, but seemingly used up all of their pixie dust in 2022 – and purged some quality veterans afterward. This year’s bad luck truly spiked when QB Kirk Cousins tore his Achilles in Week 8. And yet that didn’t derail what’s become a four-game winning streak following a 1-4 start. A blitz-heavy approach has made the defense passable. And HC Kevin O’Connell did a masterful job last Sunday, in conjunction with newly acquired QB Joshua Dobbs, while teaching the playbook on the fly during a 31-28 win in Atlanta. While Cousins isn’t coming back in 2023, All-Pro WR Justin Jefferson will – and that might be more than enough to allow the Vikes to hold on to the NFC’s final wild-card spot.
20. MINNESOTA VIKINGS: CB NATE WIGGINS, CLEMSON
Player ADP (via MDS): 16.0
Player Big Board Rank: 23.6
Cornerback production remains one of the top long-term needs for the Vikings. Wiggins has serious ball skills, and at 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, he is one of the top cover players in this class.
No Vikings but there is one vote for the Saints. WTF?
Trade Partner: Panthers
Sent: Pick 20, Pick Pick 205
Received: Pick 34, Pick 66, Pick 98
Trade Partner: Colts
Sent: Pick 66, Pick 162
Received: Pick 75, Pick 110
34. J.J. McCarthy QB Michigan 6’3” 196
51. Troy Fautanu OG Washington 6’3” 312
75. Kris Jenkins DT Michigan 6’3” 305
98. Zach Frazier OC West Virginia 6’3” 310
110. Jordan Burch EDGE Oregon 6’6” 290
115. Dontay Corleone DT Cincinnati 6’2” 318
125. Omar Speights LB LSU 6’1” 235
151. MarShawn Lloyd RB USC 5’9” 210
159. Nazir Stackhouse DT Georgia 6’3” 320
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