Purple Rumor Mill: Jaylen Twyman a Starter, Constant JC Tretter Talk, No Bye after London

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VikingsTerritory‘s Purple Rumor Mill is a two-day chronicle each week. All the week’s rumors are lassoed and plopped in two spots — articles on Saturday and Sunday — for review. Today is the May 15th edition.

Remember — rumors are rumors. What you read on weekends in these pieces is what the world is talking about pertaining to the Vikings, not necessarily items that will come to fruition.


Rumor: Jaylen Twyman will start for the 2022 Vikings.

Oct 26, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers defensive lineman Jaylen Twyman. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

This rumor was borne from ESPN’s current depth for Minnesota.

We consider this depth chat erroneous as Armon Watts is likely to start over Twyman. The second-year defender, Twyman, has a wonderful redemption story underway — he was shot multiple times last year — but is unlikely to start in September.

Watts earned the job based on 2021 performance, and Twyman probably won’t show enough in the summer to overtake him.

What’s more, the Vikings could also sign one more interior lineman like Akiem Hicks, Sheldon Richardson, or Larry Ogunjobi.

Rumor: Seemingly daily chatter about ex-Browns center JC Tretter eventually signing with the Vikings.

Dec 20, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns center JC Tretter. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports.

It will not go away until Tretter signs with the Vikings or somewhere else — or retires.

There are two elements at play:

  1. The Vikings have experienced putrid pass protection at center for three consecutive years.
  2. Tretter is one of the best pass-blocking center in the world.

This creates a speculation frenzy — especially because Tretter is from the Cleveland Browns, where Vikings boss Kwesi Adofo-Mensah used to work.

Plus, Tretter’s dad, Joe, fuels the fire on social media, implying his son wants to play for the Vikings.

There are substantial question marks — or additional rumors — about Tretter’s health. But if he is healthy, he will continue to be whispered in hypothetical Vikings free-agent chats.

The union makes a lot of sense.

Rumor: The Vikings declined a bye week after the London showdown with the Saints in Week 4.

Vikings to London in 2022 Gains More Steam
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This one is true and is no longer a rumor.

Early bye weeks don’t really do any good for contending football teams. And, guess what? The Vikings plan on contending in 2022. Ergo, they lobbied the league for a later bye week — and got their wish.


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).