The Minnesota Vikings have announced their 2020 team captains, and it includes some new names to the list. This year there are four captains on offense and two on defense. With three Vikings captains of the 2019 season departed, it has left room for a couple of new faces as captains with Dalvin Cook and Harrison Smith getting the badge for the first time in their illustrious careers.
Offense (years they have been captain):
QB- Kirk Cousins (4th)
RB- Dalvin Cook (1st)
OT- Riley Reiff (4th)
TE- Kyle Rudolph (4th)
LB- Anthony Barr (3rd)
S- Harrison Smith (1st)
It looks as though Head Coach Mike Zimmer has kept his word from July when he said that he would make Cook a captain this season for what he brings to the team. There was speculation that after a contract dispute that was a major talking point for the media during the Vikings camp that Cook may not be a captain this season. Cousins spoke about Cook this summer, saying “He’s just a player that doesn’t get too high when things are going well and doesn’t start to pat himself on the back and let his guard down. He just keeps his head down and keeps working.”
Reiff also had a contract dispute during camp, which resulted in the offensive tackle taking a pay cut to stay with the Minnesota Vikings after many thought he was walking out of the door. Reiff is a previous captain and it looks as though his leadership was never in question.
Smith leads the Minnesota Vikings for the first time after Linval Joseph and Everson Griffen found new homes this offseason. Smith already has five pro bowls and an all-pro team on his resume. Despite not being the loudest of guys, Smith shows his leadership on the field.