Vikings Sign a Former Patriot—No, Not That Former Patriot

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The Vikings signed a cornerback this week—his name is Joejuan Williams and he is from the New England Patriots. Now while in most instances, that might be great news: Williams was a 2019 second-round pick whom the Patriots moved up 11 spots in the draft to grab him. But his four-year tenure in New England was less than stellar, as he played only 38 of 68 possible regular season/playoff games and has yet to record a takeaway for his squad. So, color us underwhelmed.

Williams also miss last season due to injury, so the best thing that can be said is that the jury is still out on him. It does reduce the Vikings’ need, perhaps, to draft a cornerback as highly as they might have had to before snapping up Williams as a free agent. But the best-case scenario is that they still will grab a starter and Williams can add depth to the position, validifying what former head coach Mike Zimmer said: “You can never have enough cornerbacks.” At least that’s what Joe Oberle, senior writer for Vikingsterritory and purplePTSD believes. You will have to tune into the VT Breakdown podcast to find out where the Star Tribune NFL Insider/Vikings writer Mark Craig comes down on the new acquisition.

Craig also sat in on the media availability of a number of Vikings this week and will have a report on what was said. Harrison Smith talked about his new defensive coordinator Brian Flores and how he was a reason for Smith’s return to the Purple. Another safety, Lewis Cine, talks about his rehab, Brian Asamoah talked, and fellow linebacker Jordan Hicks talked about Asamoah’s explosiveness. And K.J. Osborn talked about going for the WR2 position that is suddenly up for grabs.

So, there is plenty to go over as the 2023 NFL Draft inches closer. We’ll see if the VT Breakdown Boys are any closer to figuring out what the Vikings are going to do when their first pick comes around. Tune in and check it out.

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