The Man Replacing Bisi, a Preseason Grade, Job-Saving in Denver

Questions Answered: The Man Replacing Bisi, a Preseason Grade, Job-Saving in Denver
Jan 3, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Bisi Johnson. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports.

The following questions are about current Minnesota Vikings topics, answered by PurplePTSD. Today is the August 28th 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 Bisi Johnson lost for another season, who takes his presumptive roster spot?

Nov 29, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Bisi Johnson. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports.

A: Well, this is up for debate, so we’ll offer an opinion.

Jalen Nailor.

Nailor didn’t necessarily stand out in the summer, but he does return punts — and he’s an organic product drafted by this regime. In theory, the Vikings could cut him, let him hit the waiver process, and use him for the practice squad if he clears waivers. Yet, as the Harrison Hand ordeal proved, that’s risky business.

The other names to watch are Myron Mitchell and Trishton Jackson. But we’ll elect Nailor.

Q: Assign a preseason grade for the Vikings.

Aug 27, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

A: By design, it wasn’t pretty. The good news is that it didn’t have to be. The Vikings chose pristine health for the starters in exchange for an overall poor showing for the team.

C- or D+.

Ty Chandler and T.Y. McGill looked phenomenal. Brian Asamoah had some outstanding moments. And the special teamers, Greg Joseph and Ryan Wright, were God-like.

But let’s face it. The Vikings preseason stunk.

Q: Who, if anybody, used the Broncos game to earn a roster spot?

Nov 8, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive back Kris Boyd (29) breaks up a pass intended to Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

A: Kris Boyd.

He effectuated one particular stretch, singlehandedly getting the Broncos off the field on a drive. Plus, Boyd has some incumbency on his side to make the team.

The Vikings will likely carry six cornerbacks into September, and Boyd showed he deserves a CB5 or CB6 job. Luiji Vilain and Chris Reed also performed well at Empower and Mile High Field. But Vilian is a longshot to make the team, and Reed is a lock.

Give us Boyd.

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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