The Vikings look like a team plenty capable of putting points on the scoreboard. The first two preseason games under Norv Turner have been encouraging, Adrian Peterson will be ready to do his thing in Week One, and Cordarrelle Patterson will once again be returning kicks.
Actually, that last part is speculation at this point, and an item worthy of debate.
As a rookie, Patterson established himself as the NFL’s most electric kick returner last season, and regularly gave the Vikings offense an advantage via stellar field position. He ended up returning 43 kickoffs for 1,393 yards (32.4 yard average) and two scores.
Patterson hasn’t been returning kicks in the preseason, as it is one of the quickest ways to get a player injured in the modern NFL, but Mike Zimmer said last month that he was still the guy. Given Patterson’s increased role and prominence in the offense, however, some might argue that his usage on special teams should be restricted.
Thus, our “Poll of the Week” will hopefully lead to some interesting debate in the comments section.