Borman Breakdown: Darrisaw Update, Week 2 Notes

Christian Darrisaw

Update on Christian Darrisaw

Contrary to the tone of the latest speculation on Christian Darrisaw, Darren Wolfson of KSTP said on his podcast that Darrisaw is “progressing nicely. It’s when, not if. He WILL get on the field at some point this year. I’m positive of that… The Vikings are going to transition to Darrisaw at some point.”

Keep an eye on the injury report to see when he’s able to participate fully in practice. The Vikings’ first-round pick barely saw the field in training camp but when he’s able to get into game-shape and ultimately take over at left tackle, Darrisaw has the potential to make the offensive line considerably better.

Week 2 Observations

  • Kirk Cousins was outstanding on Sunday. His body language portrayed poise and confidence. His quick decision-making and passing accuracy to all levels of the field were on full display
  • Dalvin Cook flourished behind stout blocking from the offensive line and tight ends
  • Rashod Hill is a fine swing tackle. He played well Sunday but his athleticism remains a liability long-term
  • Oli Udoh, on the other hand, is an ATHLETE. He played great and looks to be improving at RG
  • Ezra Cleveland beginning to show his potential at LG
  • Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen and KJ Osborn developing into a solid WR trio?
  • Nick Vigil is looking like a great free agent signing
    • Same with Xavier Woods
  • Danielle Hunter was close to sacking Kyler Murray on multiple plays that turned into big gains for Arizona
    • Hunter still had 3 sacks
    • Murray is a legit double-threat QB and MVP contender
  • DJ Wonnum hasn’t produced much after splashing in training camp but he’s playing better than his PFF grade suggests
  • Considering the personnel, the defensive line hasn’t been as disruptive as expected
  • If Eric Kendricks keeps up this high level of play, he’ll force the Vikings into giving him a contract extension before next season
  • Mackensie Alexander is underperforming so far
  • Cam Dantzler should be starting soon over Bashaud Breeland
  • Captain Obvious statement: Special teams were ugly. There’s a ton of room for improvement
  • Using the last timeout with 35 seconds to go in the first half (on 2nd down) was an awful decision
  • Play-calling on offense, while conservative at times, was fluid
    • Klint Kubiak did a nice job of moving around the pocket and helping out Garrett Bradbury
  • Only 3 penalties for Minnesota
  • Cardinals that stood out: Murray, Isaiah Simmons, Maxx Williams, Budda Baker, Rondale Moore, Jalen Thompson
  • State Farm Stadium is a fun environment. Highly suggest the tailgating lawn to pregame