The View from VT: O-Lineman Standing Out, Everyone on the Young Viking, and 7 New Starters

Nov 11, 2023; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide place kicker Will Reichard (16) celebrates with Alabama Crimson Tide running back Jam Miller (26) during the first quarter against the Kentucky Wildcats at Kroger Field. Mandatory Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports

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The View from VT: June 29th, 2024

1) Offensive Lineman Tabbed as Minicamp Standout: Keep in mind that things are still early, so the optimism can’t go too far. Even still, it’s a good sign that Blake Brandel is getting some praise. The versatile veteran is going to have an important job in 2024.

NFL: New England Patriots at Minnesota Vikings
Nov 20, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) and wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) and offensive tackle Blake Brandel (64) and teammates react during the game against the New England Patriots at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

2) Everyone is Saying the Same Thing about One New Viking: Same as the word above. Don’t get carried away. But, to be sure, there’s definitely reason to be excited for what the rookie kicker is capable of doing. In an ideal world, Will Reichard will be the K1 for the next decade.

3) Meet the Vikings 7 New Starters for 2024: It has been an offseason of change. Most prominently, the quarterback and edge rusher positions are looking very different. Kirk Cousins gave way to Sam Darnold. Meanwhile, Danielle Hunter is being replaced by a committee of Jonathan Greenard, Andrew Van Ginkel, and Dallas Turner.

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers
Oct 17, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold (14) is tackled by Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Anthony Barr (55) and defensive tackles Dalvin Tomlinson (94) and Armon Watts (96) in the second half at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

4) Vikings Defender Contradicts Popular Consensus on QB1 Battle: The competition is pretty crowded with four players but there are only a pair of real options: Sam Darnold or J.J. McCarthy. The veteran is the leader. Something very dramatic would need to occur for McCarthy to start in Week 1.

5) 7 Surprise Cut Candidates for Vikings this Summer: Every year, there are surprises. Minnesota is going to need to start making some painful decisions on players brought in by the current regime. The competition in the defensive backfield seems particularly intense.

Aug 10, 2023; Seattle, Washington, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mekhi Blackmon (11) and Minnesota Vikings cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. (23) talk during warmups prior to the game at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Enjoy the extra reading, Vikings fans.

K. Joudry is the Senior Editor for Vikings Territory and PurplePTSD. He has been covering the Vikings full time since the summer of 2021. He can be found on Twitter and as a co-host for Notes from the North, a humble Vikings podcast.