Questions Answered: Training Camp Dates, an Osborn Breakout, Vikings as Predictable?
The following questions are about current Minnesota Vikings topics, answered by PurplePTSD. Today is the June 23rd edition, addressed in a from-the-hip fashion. If you have questions, please email them to DustinBakerNFL@gmail.com.
Also, please note: These are opinion-based responses. Some answers will be incorrect from time to time. But we’ll try to keep that to a minimum.
Q: Are the Vikings training camp dates official?
A: Yes, the July dates are locked in.
Rookies report on July 24th, and veterans arrive two days later on the 26th of July. This will be the first Vikings training camp without Mike Zimmer attached to the enterprise since 2013. Therefore, it’ll be fun and stuffed with some elements of surprise.
Traning camps tickets should go on sale in the next two weeks, so be on the lookout for those.
Q: I’ve seen a lot of stuff about an Irv Smith Jr. breakout season. But what about K.J. Osborn for that role?
A: According to talent, yes, 2022 should be an even greater breakout campaign for Osborn. It’ll be Year Three for Osborn, and men tend to make maturational jumps around that time.
But in that same spirit of Smith Jr. returning, Osborn will have to split targets with the young tight end. Part of Osborn’s ascension in 2021 was attributable to no Smith Jr.
Osborn received more attention in the 2021 Vikings than most foresaw. So, it will be up to Kevin O’Connell and Osborn to determine if his target load will remain similar.
Q: I read an article on Forbes about the Vikings as predictable. Do you consider the 2022 Vikings predictable?
A: No. In fact, we wish the 2022 Vikings were more predictable as it’s easier to follow and predict.
This version of Vikings is entirely unpredictable because Kevin O’Connell has never been a head coach. Plus, the team is running a 3-4 defense, which fans haven’t experienced since the ’80s.
We’re sure the Forbes article is drawing its “predictable” themes from Kirk Cousins as QB1. Folks tend to use words like predictable, mediocre, and same ‘ol when writing about Cousins.
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).