QB Sage Rosenfels:
The starter endured a defensive lineman stepping on his foot and continued an impressive first two drives in leading the Vikings to a 10-0 lead. Despite the issue with the foot, Rosenfels sold several play-action fakes, rolled out and threw the ball with accuracy while on the move. He also had the veteran savvy to draw the defense offside and go with a no-huddle look. Rosenfels easily outplayed Tarvaris Jackson
. While Rosenfels completed 10 of 13 passes for a 95.4 rating, Jackson was 7-for-15 for a 53.5 rating. Even so, Jackson is expected to start against the Chiefs to get his shot with the first-team offense.
C John Sullivan:
Sullivan started with solid protection on the team's first drive, often combination blocking with the guards. He was a key factor in the Vikings' first fourth-down conversion, walling off the defensive tackle. He continued to be a part of a good-zone blocking scheme and even pulled for a great cut block on a Chester Taylor
T Phil Loadholt:
The big right tackle looked solid early, appearing to pick up his assignments and latching on during running plays and forcing his end, Robert Mathis
, just deep enough behind Rosenfels. However, as the game wore on, Loadholt began to look a little more inconsistent. Creating a strong level of consistency will be important for him, and the offense, as the preseason advances.
WR Jaymar Johnson:
Johnson did a good job special teams, and made one nice reception with the first-team offense when he put his arms up just on time to snag a timing route for a first down on the second drive of the game. As a punt returner, he was decent but not spectacular. At one point he ran into his own blocker on a return that probably would have yielded more yardage with a slight adjustment on his track. He finished with only one catch but was the target of two more passes.
RB Albert Young:
Young made several good reads to find the cutback lanes, but most impressive were his quick feet. He seemed to avoid a few tackles by avoiding getting tripped up and had good patience following his blocks. He also showed good hands on a screen pass. He finished with 14 rushes for 58 and three catches for 13 yards.
RB Ian Johnson:
The bulk of the running back's action came in the second half, but he looked like he generally made the right read in choosing his running lanes and showed good quickness. H finished with nine rushes for 50 yards.
S Tyrell Johnson:
Johnson looked bad on the second play for the defense when Antoine Winfield
lost contain and Joseph Addai
put a move on Johnson, but he recovered on the next play to put a big hit on receiver Austin Collie
after a short gain. Eventually Johnson looked like he settled into the game after a few plays.
CB Asher Allen:
Allen showed how similar he could be to Antoine Winfield, knifing through a block and making second-quarter tackle on running back Donald Brown
. Overall, it appeared to be solid outing for the third-round pick as he makes a case for his involvement in the nickel defense. Allen tied for the team lead with five tackles.
DE Martail Burnett:
Burnett over-pursued on one play, creating a big hole (and gain) for Brown, but he recovered to make the next tackle down the line of scrimmage. A short while later, Burnett looked like he was one explosive move away from chasing down Curtis Painter
LB Jasper Brinkley:
Brinkley didn't stand out on defense, but he did make two tackles there and was a part of special teams, a must for a young backup linebacker, with one tackle in coverage.
The Vikings' starters looked solid in their preseason debut, but what about the newcomers to the team. Inside, we highlight what we saw from some of the rookies and first-year Vikings.
We highlight what we saw from some of the rookies and first-year Vikings.