The P/PTSD Perspective: Losing a Speedy WR, a CB Subtraction, & a Rams LB

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Jan 8, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Duke Shelley (20) intercepts a pass intended for Chicago Bears wide receiver Chase Claypool (10) during the fourth quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports

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1) Report: The Vikings Have Had “Casual Dialogue” with Speedy WR: A lot of Vikings fans have been preoccupied with reinforcing the WR2 spot. Someone like Mecole Hardman – who is blazingly fast – did make a lot of sense. In the end, the former Chiefs speedster is going to the Jets.

Jan 16, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman (17) and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (right) embrace following the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

2) Fan-Favorite Vikings CB Bolts for Vegas: Tough seeing Duke Shelley head elsewhere. The corner doesn’t have a ton of size but he does have a ton of compete. Brian Flores and the rest of the Vikings’ leadership must feel that he isn’t a good fit for the adjusted scheme.

3) The Final 6 Unsigned Vikings Free Agents: Minnesota has done quite a bit to retain their own talent. Quite often, that has even involved bargain deals for the Vikings. It won’t be long before all of the internal free agents get scooped up. Some of the latest news involves Kris Boyd visiting with the Giants.

4) Another Free Agent CB is Off the Board: The defensive coaching staff and scouts must feel confident in 2 things: 1) the young corners on the roster and 2) the young corners in the draft. Otherwise, it doesn’t make a ton of sense to stay on the free agency sidelines as corners head elsewhere.

Jan 9, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams inside linebacker Troy Reeder (51) celebrates after he sacked San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) in the first half of the game at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports.

5) Former Rams LB is Headed to Minnesota: I’m a fan of the deal. Perhaps he doesn’t make the team, but I’m thinking he’ll be solid LB depth and a strong special team contributor. He’s a really athletic player who is still relatively young. Have we seen Kwesi Adofo-Mensah target players like that before?

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