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Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 9 December 2023

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I put this in the thread on Thursday but it fell on deaf ears. I am guessing not many folks care too much about college football until draft season when they all of a sudden become youtube scouting experts. Got to love it.

Puka Nacua was picked #177 (last pick of fifth round) and received a signing bonus of $244,976 which was all that was guaranteed.

If you are a college kid who gets a mid to late round draft grade and you can get 250K in NIL money, why not return to school and try to improve your draft grade? They all wont get 250K but they can get something.

I know the main topic of discussion for the most part this week is the decision to start Josh Dobbs. Besides the two or three posters who keep going back and forth bloviating about it while at the same time boring the heck out of everyone else (need me to name names?), there has been some suggestion that KOC should see what he has in Hall. I do not think there is a rush with Hall. He has three more years left under contract. It might be a surprise that Mullens is not going to get the nod but that should inform as well.

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Raiders’ Maxx Crosby (knee) expects to play vs. Vikings: ‘If I have a heartbeat, I’m going to be out there with my brothers’

“If I’m able and have a heartbeat, I’m going to be out there with my brothers and try to go get a win. I wasn’t at my absolute best. I was probably like 60 percent, to be honest, versus the Chiefs, but I knew the bye week was coming up. If I can go out there and impact the game any way I can to help my guys, I’m going to do it. I’ve had these two weeks to get my body right together, refocus and reenergize — I can’t wait for this last month. I’m feeling great right now, and I’ll be out there practicing. I can’t wait to get out there with the guys.”

Raiders Preparing For Vikings’ Blitz Tendency

“Obviously, they’re going to bring a lot of pressure,” O’Connell told reporters on Wednesday. “They do a lot of different things defensively. A defense that is going to try to throw a lot of stuff at you, and obviously, I know I’m a rookie, so they’re going to do those types of things to me.
“And so, just trying to prepare as best as possible. I think the coaches are doing a great job preparing us, putting in a great game plan. And I’m confident in myself and our guys to go out and execute.”

Vikings’ Kevin O’Connell Gets Honest About Justin Jefferson’s ‘Volume of Snaps’

“I don’t see any restrictions as far as his ability to go out there and function and play,” Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell said via the team on December 8. “He feels great. Had a great week of preparation. We’ll take a look at … the volume of snaps. I mean, this is a guy that, since I’ve been here, has been pretty hard to keep off the field.”

Vikings’ Justin Jefferson says ‘it’s been a pleasure working with’ Josh Dobbs, ready to play with QB after IR

When asked how he has caught up with Dobbs in a short period of time, Jefferson said (via ), “Really both ways, just on the field and in the film room, just going over different plays with him, going over the timing of everything just like we did with Kirk [ Cousins], and trying to find that connection that we can use for Sunday.”
Jefferson had positive things to say about Dobbs: “It’s been a pleasure working with him, kinda learning things that I can learn from him, that he can learn from me, and it’ll be better for us when we go out on that field.”

Bucky Brooks’ Scouting Report: Week 14 vs. Vikings

Matchup To Watch
Maxx Crosby vs. Brian O’Neill
The Vikings offense must find a way to slow down the Pro Bowl pass rusher to give Dobbs enough time to push the ball down the field to a group of explosive pass catchers on the perimeter. To attack through the air, O’Neill must stalemate the energetic Crosby (who is questionable to play) at the line of scrimmage to keep the quarterback upright within the pocket. If the Vikings edge blocker can duel to a draw, the scoreboard could explode if the quarterback has enough time to find his receivers down the field.

Jordan Hicks Recounts Potentially Devastating Injury: ‘I’m Thankful & Blessed’

“I didn’t realize how bad it could have been,” said Hicks, who is on Injured Reserve but expressed belief he could still return to action this season. “Thankful for the training staff, the doctors, everybody on the sideline making quick decisions to get me to the hospital. I was in excruciating pain, and they called the shots and said, ‘Let’s go.’ I’m thankful for them.”
On just the fifth play of that contest, Hicks went to tackle running back Alvin Kamara and was struck inadvertently by Vikings safety Camryn Bynum, whose knee collided with Hicks’ shin.
Hicks immediately felt the pain of a contusion but tested his leg on the sideline and felt like he could re-enter the game, which he did. Even in the locker room at halftime, he felt OK. But at the end of the second half’s opening drive, he knew something wasn’t right.
“There’s a play on Kamara in the backfield where I almost rolled my ankle trying to make a cut because I had no more strength in my ankle. Finished out that drive and couldn’t – I was at the point where I couldn’t lift my foot; I had no more dorsiflexion. Strength was gone. I started getting some numbing in my toes,” Hicks explained. “Went back into the locker room, sat back on the table and it seriously felt like instantly, the adrenaline went away and pain just skyrocketed through the roof. I seriously don’t even remember the training room too much because of how much pain I was in. People were coming up to me and wishing me good luck and everything; I couldn’t tell you whose face I saw in that moment.”
A nine-season NFL veteran, Hicks is certainly no stranger to pain.
But this? He entered a new realm.
“It’s the deepest, darkest ache you can probably imagine,” Hicks said. “I was full-drenched [with] sweat, I’m twisting and turning, trying to get comfortable. Couldn’t get comfortable. Ended up in the fetal position, just lying there, trying to focus on breathing because it was so bad. It was excruciating pain.
Hicks had never previously heard of the condition.
“I had no clue about anything like this before that situation, really even until after I woke up from surgery and heard the doctors say, ‘It’s a good thing you got in, because you could have lost your leg,’ “ he said. “Ever since then, I’ve heard countless stories of people having to get stuff amputated, having to get muscle taken out, having drop foot – permanent damage. Wild. Crazy. I’m thankful and blessed to be where I’m at.”
Doctors made a lengthy incision into Hicks’ leg, allowing the trapped blood to escape. The wound was left open for four days to allow additional draining before being stitched up.
“Don’t go on the Internet and search what it looks like. It’s extremely graphic,” Hicks warned. “Four days later, they sewed it up. It’s been three weeks, and it’s already scarring over and I’m walking good and feeling good. It’s been a process, but it’s been good.
“Functionally, everything was done right. We were able to get it done quick enough that there was no permanent damage,” he continued. “Strength is good. With this injury, if everything is normal, they get you up walking and doing things pretty quickly. I was up walking a couple days after, per the doctor. Yeah, blessed. I’m very blessed.”

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Trade Partner: Jacksonville Jaguars
Sent: Round 1 Pick 21
Received: Round 1 Pick 26, Round 3 Pick 32
Trade Partner: New Orleans Saints
Sent: Round 2 Pick 21, Round 4 Pick 21
Received: Round 2 Pick 14
Trade Partner: Arizona Cardinals
Sent: Round 3 Pick 32
Received: Round 4 Pick 3, Round 5 Pick 3
Trade Partner: Green Bay Packers
Sent: Round 6 Pick 1
Received: Round 6 Pick 20, Round 7 Pick 20

26: R1 P26 EDGE Bralen Trice - Washington 6’4” 273

46: R2 P14 G Troy Fautanu - Washington 6’4” 317

103: R4 P3 LB Payton Wilson - NC State 6’4” 238

128: R4 P28 DL McKinnley Jackson - Texas A&M 6’2” 325

139: R5 P3 EDGE Jordan Burch - Oregon 6’6” 290

160: R5 P24 CB Khyree Jackson - Oregon 6’3” 195

161: R5 P25 OT Sataoa Laumea - Utah 6’4” 311

186: R6 P11 S Kitan Oladapo - Oregon State 6’1” 217

195: R6 P20 LB Marist Liufau - Notre Dame 6’2” 239

239: R7 P20 K Harrison Mevis - Missouri 5’11 243

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