The P/PTSD Perspective: Springing an OL Leak, The Defender Afterthought, & Shoehorning a Caveat

It's Officially Brian Asamoah Time
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The P/PTSD Perspective: December 16th, 2023

1) As Roster Reinforcements Arrive, Vikings Spring a Leak Along the Offensive Line: For the first time in his NFL life, Ed Ingram missed snaps. Even worse, he missed the entire game. Making matters more challenging up front for the Vikings was that Brian O’Neill got hurt and Dalton Risner had to step out for some plays, as well.

2nd Year Viking
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2) From Starter to Afterthought: What Happened with the Vikings’ Sophomore Linebacker?: A major part of the problem for Brian Asamoah is Ivan Pace. The UDFA rookie has been sensational, demanding significant playing time due to his level of play. What has been more discouraging, though, is that Troy Dye and Anthony Barr have leapfrogged the 2022 3rd-round selection.

3) Kevin O’Connell Picked Josh Dobbs, But he Did So While Shoehorning a Major Caveat Into the Mix: In the end, Kevin O’Connell’s words ended up being prophetic. The head coach noted that Nick Mullens would be ready if needed. Well, there was a need and Mullens did get inserted. The decision, very likely, made the difference in being able to pick up the win.

Warm Up to Nick
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4) 2024 Vikings Mock Draft: Minnesota Takes Their Shot at a QB and Beefs Up the Trenches: There will be no shortage of needs during the offseason. Since taking over, Kwesi Adofo-Mensah has positioned himself to do some major work in 2024. Well, the vast majority of 2023 is now behind us, so it won’t be too long before the young executive retools the roster.

5) The Vikings Have Cut a Receiver: Part of what makes the receiver subtraction notable is that the Vikings are moving through a week where Justin Jefferson’s status was uncertain (at least initially) and Jalen Nailor won’t be able to play. The broader depth at the receiver position gave Kevin O’Connell the freedom to prioritize a different position — the offensive line — that also got hit with injury in Week 15.

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K. Joudry is the Senior Editor for Vikings Territory and PurplePTSD. He has been covering the Vikings full time since the summer of 2021. He can be found on Twitter and as a co-host for Notes from the North, a humble Vikings podcast.