By Kyle Ratke
Sharp in debut: Quarterback Kirk Cousins only played one series against the Broncos, he was exactly what Vikings fans hoped for. He was a perfect 4-for-4, throwing for 42 yards and a touchdown to Stefon Diggs. We’ve heard all offseason that Cousins has great chemistry with his receivers, and we saw it on display in his preseason debut. The biggest challenge for Cousins and the Vikings will be the offensive line. The team’s starting left guard Nick Easton will likely miss the season after undergoing neck surgery. The question is whether or not the Vikings have enough depth, or if they’ll revert back to the nightmare that was 2016 up front.
Rookie watch: Running back Roc Thomas hasn’t really been on the radar in camp, but he was electric against the Broncos, catching two touchdowns, including one from 78 yards out. The top two spots at running back will be Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray. We’ll see if Thomas progresses this week and can have another solid game against the Jaguars. He’s currently listed as the team’s fourth running back on the depth chart. That likely won’t be good enough to crack the opening day...