Some of the Minnesota Vikings wide receivers and tight ends have converged on Florida to join quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for some offseason workouts. Adam Thielen, Cordarrelle Patterson, Charles Johnson, Jarius Wright, MyCole Pruitt and Kyle Rudolph have all made the trip down south.
Stefon Diggs also announced on Twitter that he is planning to make the trip down south Tuesday morning once he finishes up some final workouts. That means that the only receivers and tight ends currently on the roster that will not be present are Rhett Ellison (recovering from a torn ACL), newly acquired Brian Leonhardt, Isaac Fruechte (who has an appearance for the Vikings scheduled in Minnesota this week) and Terrell Sinkfield.
The Vikings finished 31st in the NFL in passing yards per game (183) last season. The only team to record fewer was the St. Louis, now Los Angeles, Rams, who averaged 175.3 passing yards per game.
This is going to be an important season for Patterson, who is entering into the final year of his rookie contract. The former first-round pick has shown glimpses of what he is capable of doing but hasn’t had any sustained success.
Head coach Mike Zimmer said last year he set up for Patterson to learn from a former player, but it was reported that Patterson never did so. He also was not part of the offseason workouts between Bridgewater and his receiving targets last year when Rudolph held it.
It may have taken awhile, but it appears Patterson is putting the offseason work in this year and it will be interesting to see if it translates to the field.
Johnson is another player that is likely doing all he can to earn playing time this coming season. He was one of the breakout players on the Vikings’ roster two seasons ago but got lost in the depth chart last year with the emergence of Diggs. If he is not able to turn things around this year, it is possible that the Vikings choose to part ways with him once his contract is up following this season.
All capable hands appear to be on deck this offseason, as the offensive skill players primary to the passing game seem determined to improve their poor statistics from a year ago.