2011 NFL Preseason: Quick Slants – Vikings Titans
Jake Locker: An encouraging debut where his footwork looked improved, but definitely not flawless, totally missing on a couple of throws. I had him ranked as the #2 QB heading into the draft because he was plagued by a poor supporting cast while playing for Washington. He still led his team to its first bowl victory in almost a decade over a heavily favored Nebraska team. I believe that Matt Hasselbeck’s tutelage should help to accelerate his development and show the rest of the league why he was chosen eighth overall.
Jared Cook: Without Britt in the lineup, Cook was the most impressive receiver and primary option. He leaped high over the middle to grab an overthown Locker pass. Cook is seen as a sleeper by many, including me, after coming on strong at the end of last season.
Offensive Line: Even with a strong interior foundation the OL really struggled last season. They looked strong in this game, although the Vikings were missing their entire DL from last year. A huge question for a team with a new coach and question marks.
McNabb to Harvin, over and over: Except one shot to Berrian on 2 & 5, everything they did was underneath. A gameplan that fits their personel but not their QB. Harvin should be projected to get targeted a ton this season and produce big. Vikings need Aromashodu, Berrian, or Jenkins to step up to provide a reliable deep threat or no one will respect the deep ball even with McNabb’s arm.
Run defense: It feels like they have had a top 5 run defense for the last decade. Last year they were in the top 10, but definitely slipped a little last season. After losing Edwards and the Williams wall generally wilting (possibly suspended), you have to ask if they can retain that level of play.
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