It was amazing to be a part of a Vikings team last year that won 13 games and made it to the NFC Championship game. We were only able to enjoy the success of last season for a little bit, because you got to get to work and get ready for a new season and new expectations. We know that we have to step our game up this year because our opponents are going to give us their best shot.
Even with the high expectations, we have the team to meet the challenge. One of the biggest offseason moments across the entire NFL was when we signed Kirk Cousins. All he’s done since he came into the league is produce and I know that he is looking to keep that going this year. He is a great leader and incredibly talented, so I can’t wait to see him take the field once the regular season kicks off.
We’re returning a lot of our talent on offense, so we’re looking to start fast this season. I am excited that we get Dalvin back because his talents compliment me perfectly. Our receivers are deep with Adam, Stefon and Kendall. Each guy brings something unique to the field and that makes it hard to shut them down. Kyle is a quarterback’s dream at tight end and I know he is going to catch a bunch of balls from Kirk this year.
Our defense is set to be one of the best in the NFL again. Our entire defensive line - Everson, Danielle, Sheldon and Linval - all do a great job of getting to the QB. Anthony and Eric are insanely athletic and both of them are among the best 3 down linebackers in the league.Our DBs are deep, physical and excel at taking the ball away.
We know that the pressure is on all of us to reach the Super Bowl, but that is the exact reason why we play the game in the first place. We have the talent and coaching to get it done - now it’s up to us to go out there and make it happen.