3 Things to Watch in Vikings' Preseason Finale
It's been a rather uneventful NFL preseason for the Minnesota Vikings. Quarterback Kirk Cousins hasn't suited up for a single snap and the team has been on the wrong end of the final score in both contests so far. Minnesota will have one more chance to avoid being winless in its preseason finale.
The Vikings will take on the Denver Broncos at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday night in a game that will be broadcasted on NFL Network. Reports suggest that head coach Kevin O'Connell will rest his starters once again this weekend, so here's three things Minnesota fans should be keeping an eye on.
Minnesota Vikings Preseason
1. Can Jalen Nailor secure a roster spot?
The top of the Vikings wide receiver depth chart is clear-cut with the likes of Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen and KJ Osborn. Bisi Johnson and Ihmir Smith-Marsette also look to be locks at this point. That leaves one final roster spot for a sixth wideout and rookie Jalen Nailor has the edge. He impressed the coaching staff during training camp and has hauled in four passes for 33 yards in the preseason. He did muff his only kick return opportunity against the Las Vegas Raiders, though. Look for the 23-year-old to do whatever it takes on Saturday to separate himself from special team ace Dan Chisena as well as Myron Mitchell and Trishton Jackson.
2. Which Defensive Lineman Loses Their Job Because of T.Y. McGill?
There may not be anyone on the Vikings roster having a better preseason than defensive lineman T.Y. McGill. The NFL journeyman exploded with 2.0 sacks against the Las Vegas Raiders and followed up that performance with 1.5 sacks against the San Francisco 49ers. His emergence under the guidance of defensive coordinator Ed Donatell is going to push someone off this team. Each one of pass-rushers Jaylen Twyman, Esezi Otomewo and Luiji Vilain come with upside, but each one of them is also unproven. Changing that fact on Saturday would go a long way in securing a roster spot. It'll be interesting to see if at least one of them finds their way into the backfield.
3. Will Quarterback Nick Mullens See Extended Snaps?
Minnesota made a move to switch things up in the quarterback room when they acquired Nick Mullens from the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday. The four-year pro has started 17 games in his NFL career (5-12 record), so it'll be interesting to see how his snap count compares to Kellen Mond's and Sean Mannion. He may play an entire quarter, an entire half, or not at all. No matter what, the door remains open for Mullens to make the Week 1 roster given how poorly the other two QBs have played. O'Connell even mentioned to reporters that Mullens "works incredibly hard and is already fitting in." He could get a chance to prove himself on Saturday.
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