With Joshua Dobbs, Vikings get a close look at what their offense could be with a mobile QB


November 14, 2023

Carlos Gonzalez, Star Tribune

Vikings quarterback Joshua Dobbs celebrated after running for a 7-yard touchdown in the second quarter of a 27-19 victory over the Saints on Sunday.

On a third-and-6 from the Saints 7 in the second quarter on Sunday, Joshua Dobbs dropped back and read through his options, finding all four of his targets enveloped in New Orleans' two-deep coverage. He spun away from a four-man rush, picked up a block from Christian Darrisaw as he backtracked from Tanoh Kpassagnon's rush lane and broke for the left pylon, leaping for a score that put the Vikings up 17-3.

"The O-line, all day, allowed me the opportunity to go through my reads, stay in the pocket, and then when the opportunity presented itself, to be able to utilize my legs and make plays," Dobbs said. "And so, I was able to go through my entire progression, work through it, see everything was covered. And you know, from there, it's just 'Go make a play.'"

Vikings coach Kevin O'Connell - once a running quarterback himself - greeted Dobbs with a shrug and a smile as he returned to the sideline, following a play that gave him the team lead in rushing touchdowns (in two games since acquiring him from the Cardinals on Oct. 31) and provided another reminder of how different the Vikings' offense will look as long as he's the quarterback.



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