Justin Jefferson, Dalvin Cook listed as Vikings’ reasons for optimism

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Minnesota’s 2020 did not go as planned, but the team still had some positive takeaways. The Vikings skill position players thrived as the defense failed to get stops.

Bleacher Report thinks two of those skill position players are reasons for optimism. Kristopher Knox, who writes for B/R, tabbed Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson as two sources of positivity for Vikings fans. Knox wrote:

“Running back Dalvin Cook missed two games in 2020 but still finished with a career-high 1,557 rushing yards, 361 receiving yards and 17 total touchdowns. Then-rookie receiver Justin Jefferson caught 88 passes for a whopping 1,400 yards and seven touchdowns.

In Cook and Jefferson, the Vikings have two viable Offensive Player of the Year candidates. If Cook can stay healthy and Jefferson can take another step as a pro, these two could drag Minnesota into the postseason.”

On the other side of the ball, the Vikings revamped the defense with big-ticket free agents, such as Patrick Peterson and Dalvin Tomlinson. If Minnesota can get more stops and players on offense like Cook and Jefferson can stay healthy, this team has a chance at the postseason at least.