Jaylen Twyman’s New Team, Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Jalen Reagor’s Production


Questions Answered: Jaylen Twyman's New Team, Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Jalen Reagor
Jul 28, 2022; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Jaylen Twyman. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

The following questions are about current Minnesota Vikings topics, answered by PurplePTSD. Today is the October 10th edition, addressed in a from-the-hip fashion. If you have questions, please email them to [email protected].

Also, please note: These are opinion-based responses. Some answers will be incorrect from time to time. But we’ll try to keep that to a minimum.

Q: With Jaylen Twyman signing in Miami, will the Dolphins pick his brain before the game on Sunday?

Sep 7, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers linebacker Phil Campbell III (24) and linebacker Elias Reynolds (44) and defensive lineman Jaylen Twyman. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports.

A: Absolutely. That’s how it goes.

And every team does this; it’s not just a Dolphins thing. The Vikings likely used this technique with Khyiris Tonga, who arrived after spending time with the Bears last year and this summer.

Twyman’s second act will occur in Miami, and the man deserves it. He was once a highly-touted sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh, was shot multiple times after he was drafted, and didn’t quite make the cut for the Kevin O’Connell-led Vikings.

He may not play in Miami this year — he’s on the practice squad — but at least he won’t fade away.

Q: Was Ihmir-Smith Marsette good for the Bears before his big mistake against the Vikings?

Oct 9, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports.

A: No, his “fumble” to end the game at the Vikings was only his third target of the season.

In fact, Smith-Marsette’s first catch of the season was the same play where Cameron Dantzler ripped the ball away.

Cameron Dantzler vs. Bears (2022)
Cameron Dantzler vs. Bears (2022)

It’s not an ideal start for Smith-Marsette, but he’s only in his second year and obviously has time to develop. But let the Bears worry about that, huh?

Q: Is Jalen Reagor’s touchdown a sign of big things to come for him in the Vikings offense?

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Sep 19, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jalen Reagor. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports.

A: No, probably not.

The Vikings have a hard time getting Adam Thielen targets in the offense because of Justin Jefferson’s dominance. One can’t assume Reagor will surpass Thielen for attention in the 2022 offense. But, hey, if they keep using Reagor as an offensive wrinkle to keep opposing defenses off guard, well, great.

Now, if he can cease fumbling punt returns, everyone will be in good shape.

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 Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).


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