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These Three Vikings Players Will Shine In Preseason Bout With Titans

The Minnesota Vikings continue their preseason schedule on Saturday when they host the Tennessee Titans.


Minnesota lost their first preseason outing against the Seattle Seahawks 24-13. The team didn't play their offensive starters other than rookie wide receiver Jordan Addison and left guard Ed Ingram.


Quarterbacks Nick Mullens and rookie Jaren Hall both got snaps under center. Mullens finished the game completing 14 of his 20 passes for 139 yards and a passing touchdown.


Assuming the Vikings rest the majority of their starters again this week, here are three players who could shine in this weekend's game against the Titans.



Chandler Will Look Strong Again


For the second year in a row, running back Ty Chandler is generating a lot of conversation following a great opening preseason performance.

The 25-year-old recorded 11 carries, 41 rushing yards and 29 receiving yards against the Seahawks. Following the game, Vikings fans were quick to slot Chandler into the RB2 discussion behind four-year veteran Alexander Mattison.


When Minnesota decided to let go of Pro Bowler Dalvin Cook, it opened the door for a guy like Ty Chandler to prove what he's got as an NFL back. I fully expect Chandler to get a lot of the carries on Saturday and should be able to generate another compelling stat line.


Cine Bounces Back


It was great to see safety Lewis Cine back on the field after a leg injury brought his rookie campaign to a halt. However, the former Georgia Bulldog left much to be desired in his first preseason game.

In my opinion, it's far too early to be sounding the alarm on Cine. After all, he only played two regular-season defensive snaps before his injury.

Remember this is a guy who hasn't been on the field since October. It's going to take time to get back into the swing of 'real' football action and that's okay.


Keep your eye on Lewis Cine this weekend. He should play much better as he'll be looking to earn his spot on the Vikings' depth chart.


Vikings Rookie Quarterback


Another player who had a challenging first NFL outing is rookie quarterback Jaren Hall.


Hall finished the night with six completions on 14 passing attempts for 37 yards and a quarterback rating of 50.3. He was also sacked two times for a loss of 11 yards.


Minnesota drafted Hall in the fifth round of the 2023 NFL Draft. The 25-year-old played 29 games over six seasons with BYU. He had a completion percentage of 65.2% and finished his college career with over 6,100 passing yards, 52 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.


I believe the Vikings want to see how Hall looks behind a more competent offensive line so he could get some early snaps on Saturday. Don't be surprised if Hall is one of the most discussed players following the game.


Final Thoughts


It's hard to know what (if anything) to take away from the NFL's preseason. What I look for once these games start is who is living up to the training camp hype.


An example of this is wide receiver Jordan Addison. Despite having only one catch for 22 yards (he had another fabulous grab that wasn't called), Addison seems to be the guy we've heard about and seen clips of from training camp -- something that should excite every Vikings fan.


On the other side, how much can we take away from a bad performance? I wasn't at all impressed by rookie RB DeWayne McBride, but could that have been first-game jitters?

This weekend's tilt with the Titans will give us more insight into players like McBride, Hall and Abram Smith. All of whom are fighting for positions on the 53-man roster.


 

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