The P/PTSD Perspective: 5 D/C Surprises, Addison’s Jefferson Treatment, & Cautious Kevin

Aug 5, 2023; Eagan, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell takes to wide receiver Jordan Addison (3) during training camp at Twin Cities Orthopedic Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

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The P/PTSD Perspective: August 12th, 2023

1) 5 Surprises from the Vikings First Depth Chart: The first clue about the roster hierarchy is bound to create a bit of a stir. More important than what appears on the sheet of paper, though, is what takes place on the field. On Thursday night, fan and evaluator alike got a chance to see real football. That’ll carry more weight when it comes time to trim the roster down to 53 men.

Nov 20, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) and wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) and offensive tackle Blake Brandel (64) and teammates react during the game against the New England Patriots at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports.

2) Jordan Addison May Be Getting the “Justin Jefferson Treatment”: Looking back, it’s a bit comical: Justin Jefferson didn’t start the opening pair of games for the Vikings. Week 3 of the 2020 season changed everything. More recently, Jordan Addison is the one who needs to prove he’s capable of overcoming a more established veteran.

3) Kevin O’Connell Offers a Word of Caution: No need to put too much emphasis on the initial rumblings about who is where on the depth chart. True, the regular season is roughly a month away, and yet there’s plenty that still needs to be determined. I, for one, am looking forward to seeing how things shake out at corner and wide receiver.

Aug 3, 2023; Eagan, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell and owner Ziggy Wilf talk at training camp at TCO Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports.

4) A New Home for Anthony Barr?: The veteran linebacker is looking for work. Seeing a veteran be a bit choosy isn’t altogether surprising. Barr joined the NFL in the opening round of the 2014 NFL Draft, so he has been around a while. Before long, Barr will put pen to paper as he tries to help a team progress toward a Lombardi.

5) The Road to 53: DT Calvin Avery is a Behemoth: Yes, he certainly is. Coaches can teach an awful lot, but they can’t teach size. Something like height and weight are just part of who a player is. When it comes to playing nose tackle, being a massive human being definitely helps.

Nov 5, 2022; Champaign, Illinois, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini defensive lineman Calvin Avery (93) gets a hand on Michigan State Spartans running back Jarek Broussard (3) during the second half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

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