Justin Jefferson didn’t play Thursday night — a wise decision — but he and Kevin O’Connell were snapped before the festivities began.
6. Andre Carter II in a Vikings Uni
This undrafted free agent first hit the Physically Unable to Perform list a few weeks ago, but now he’s back — and battling for a 53-man roster spot.
5. Last Year’s Rookie and This Year’s Rookie
Mekhi Blackmon (left) produced a decent first-ever outing, while Andrew Booth (right) struggled. The two were captured in this photo at Lumen Field.
4. Jaren Hall Unloads
This 5th-Round rookie quarterback was under siege for most of the second half, so at least he could show off his in-the-pocket and out-of-the-pocket wheels. Hall didn’t do much in two quarters, but such is life for a late-round lottery-ticket prospect.
3. Jay Ward Brings the Heat
Another rookie, safety Jay Ward notched five tackles and should be a safe bet for the 53-man roster shave-down on August 29th.
2. Ty Chandler Dances Outside for a Gain
Perhaps the Vikings keynote performer at Seattle. Chandler tabulated 70 yards from scrimmage and made his case for the RB2 job, a gig currently held by KR-RB Kene Nwangwu. Chandler looked solid and like a bonafide RB2.
1. The One and Only TD
The bombastic Nick Muse, a second-year tight end, grabbed the Vikings only touchdown on a pass from QB2 Nick Mullens. He then hit the Griddy, and the Vikings curiously stopped scoring touchdowns.
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 Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Basset Hounds, and The Doors (the band).