In his weekly media availability on Thursday, offensive coordinator Wes Phillips expressed that they still have all the confidence in the world in Mattison.
“We haven’t lost confidence in Alex Mattison. I will say that.”
This trade tells us one of two things. They are either trying to jumpstart the running game by bringing in outside talent or they saw an opportunity to bring in a talented player for a very inexpensive cost.
The running game has been paltry at best for the Vikings so far this season. They have ran the ball 25 times for a paltry 69 yards rushing. Of that, Mattison has 19 rushes for 62 yards.
While Mattison hasn’t been great, the issue hasn’t been just with him. The scheme, play calling and commitment to the running game hasn’t been there.
With Akers now in the fold, will that change? Time will tell.