Offers Up 21 Things We’ve Learned About The Team

Adam Thielen / Justin Jefferson
Aug 28, 2020; Eagan, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) and wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) talk at practice at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

To be honest, 21 seems like overkill, but who am I to quibble with the good folks who run the media content over at There are some interesting tidbits in their list of items, so I thought it best to offer up a handful of the most interesting to the faithful readers at Purple PTSD. Head over to if you’re interested in the full list.

  • The Big 3 – Dalvin Cook, Adam Thielen, and Justin Jefferson – are “on track for Week 1.” In my earlier reasons for optimism piece, I highlighted the Big 3 as one of the foremost reasons for purple hope. They need to be excellent for us to find success in 2021:The return of the ‘Big 3’ to the lineup injects scorers of 38 touchdowns last season: 16 rushing and one receiving by Cook, 14 receiving by Thielen and seven receiving by Jefferson.”
  • Zim is another reason why I’m optimistic. I’m a fan. The fourth point on is: “Zimmer gearing up for future challenges.” Here is what Zim had to say recently: “’I think it’s been eight years,’ he quipped when asked about challenges so far this year. ‘Yeah, it seems like the book is going to be a good book, when I write it. From kidney stones to eyes to Adrian [Peterson], and there’s a lot that you guys don’t know. I’d have to go get all my notes. But you know what? It’s like that at probably every place. Everybody has their trials and tribulations, I guess.’”
  • The 8th point is that Darrisaw didn’t start the year on the IR. That is indeed good news. The only thing I’ll add is that I’d much rather Darrisaw comes back fully healthy in Week 4 than mostly healthy in Week 1. The last thing we need is further injury.
  • Coming in at #12 is the emphasis on keeping so many LBs. The reason, quite evidently, is due to an emphasis on better tackling on special teams: “‘We kept a bunch of linebackers this year because they’re the best special teams players, and we put an emphasis on that this year,’ Co-Defensive Coordinator Adam Zimmer said.”
  • Ah, the kicking situation. #15: “Greg Joseph is accurate from inside 50 yards.” Here is what they say: “Joseph made four of his six field goals in preseason play, hitting from 25, 26, 34 and 49 yards. His two misses? They were from 50-plus (51 and 52 yards). Joseph hasn’t kicked a field goal in a regular-season game since 2018, when he was 1-for-2 from 50-plus.” One of my against the grain preseason predictions was that the kicking situation would work out reasonably well. Don’t let me down, Mr. Joseph.

Head on over to the article if you’re looking for a handful more tidbits about everyone’s favorite purple team.