1. Mike Zimmer ready to rebuild Vikings’ defense
While the bulk of Minnesota’s offense is set to return in 2020, the defense is a different story. The Vikings lost four starters in Linval Joseph, Everson Griffen, Trae Waynes and Xavier Rhodes, and they also lost nickel cornerback MacKenzie Alexander.
Zimmer told the Minneapolis Star Tribune earlier this month that he is getting excited at the idea of working with a lot of new faces on defense.
“Defensively we’re going to have some younger guys, obviously, but I think it’s kind of refreshing to get a chance to work with some younger guys,” he said.
2. Vikings’ offensive line tries to bond during virtual offseason
Second-year center Garrett Bradbury has taken the initiative to get some of the lineman together for workouts on their own at Adam Thielen’s Lakeville gym.
“Two days a week, we’re getting on the field and doing football work, and we’re going through whatever we would be doing for an individual period with Coach Dennison,” Bradbury told the Star Tribune. “That’s the beauty of being up here and being with some linemen, and I know that the guys in other cities are doing the same thing.
“Coach Kubiak keeps going back to, ‘Guys, we would be in Week 2 of OTAs right now; what would you all be doing right now to prepare for the season?’ I know that everyone’s doing that.”
3. Thielen clear No. 1 in Minnesota after Stefon Diggs trade
Thielen and Diggs made up one of the best receiving duos in the league over the last few years. Now that the band is broken up after Minnesota traded Diggs to Buffalo this offseason, Thielen takes on the unfamiliar role of being the clear top dog among the Vikings’ receiving corps.
Thielen, who turns 30 in August, has become a mentor to the young receivers, including first-round pick Justin Jefferson out of LSU, in hopes of forming another terrific receiving duo for the Vikings.
“I know that I’ve been able to learn from some veterans that came before me as far as how they handled those things and how they helped me become the player I am,” Thielen told ESPN.com.