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Five questions Vikings are facing after NFL draft and ahead of OTAs

After a frenetic free agency period in which they signed 14 new players, the Vikings emerged from the draft with their successor to Kirk Cousins and their pass rusher to follow Danielle Hunter. Now, they'll see how it all works.

They will convene for organized team activities May 20 with 38 new players on the roster in what could lead to one of the most competitive battles for starting jobs and roster spots in years. As they prepare to put their new-look team on the practice field later, here is a look at five questions still facing the 2024 Vikings:

1. How's J.J. looking?

This is a throwback to the "How's Teddy looking?" questions peppered at Vikings beat writers a decade ago, when Teddy Bridgewater was in his first practices as a rookie quarterback. It's likely to be a frequent topic of conversation this spring, too, with J.J. McCarthy about to begin his Vikings indoctrination. Coach Kevin O'Connell uses the first part of the offseason as a teaching phase, so the Vikings' practices during OTAs are typically less intense than some of the training camp work (particularly during joint practices) that could provide a greater window into McCarthy's trajectory. Still, it will be worth paying attention to how coaches talk about McCarthy's progress in the classroom and on the field this spring. Though the Vikings aren't in any rush to put him in the lineup, it also seems unlikely they'll hold him back at whatever point he shows he's ready to take the job.

https://www.startribune.com/minnesota-vikings-nfl-draft-otas-jj-mccarthy-justin-jefferson-dallas-turner/600362305/

 

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