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How big of an impact do you feel we should expect from rookie wide receiver
-- Andrew B.
You don’t have a football pulse if you aren’t excited about Patterson coming off of Friday’s game. He opened the game with a 50-yard kickoff return and then collected four receptions for 54 yards after that. What we saw from him was a legitimate ability to make plays at the NFL level. Granted, it was just a preseason game, but so far, so good on Patterson. I feel Patterson will have a tremendous impact on the Vikings this season, primarily as a game-changing returner but also as an explosive receiver. He may not be a 70-catch receiver this season, but he did show the ability to run deep routes and explode after the catch.
Looking at our preseason schedule, we have two road games in a row. Do you think this will be significant to help the players get ready for Week 1 and Week 2 of the regular season when we have two straight road games? Or is this insignificant?
-- Paul S.
This is an interesting question. The Vikings actually play consecutive road games twice this season – once to open the schedule at Detroit and then at Chicago and then again on November 17 in Seattle and November 24 in Green Bay. I’m not sure how much traveling on consecutive weeks in the preseason will get the team ready to do that in the regular season, but I guess it doesn’t hurt to go through it in the preseason. The Vikings will actually have two more days than usual to prepare for the second consecutive preseason road game because that game is a Sunday night game in San Francisco, whereas the second consecutive road games in the regular season all come seven days after the initial game.
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What is the "read-option" offense? I have been hearing a lot about it.
-- Paul C.
The read-option is an offensive scheme in which the quarterback is responsible for fielding the snap, typically from the gun or pistol formation, and then deciding among a variety of options based on the defenses behavior both before and after the snap. The quarterback can hand the ball off to a runner, keep it himself for a rushing attempt or keep it himself with the intention of passing the ball. The quarterback “reads” the defense with pre-snap and post-snap cues, then he chooses among his “options” based on how the defense is reacting. This is a basic explanation and there’s much more to it, especially as it relates to the blocking schemes that happen in front of the quarterback.
Why are the helmets a different color than the uniforms?
The vast majority of feedback I’ve received from fans regarding the new uniforms has been positive. People love the old-school look blended with Nike’s style, the black facemask and the matte finish on the helmets. But I have received several emails from fans about the color of the helmet and the uniforms not matching. In person, I can tell you there is almost no difference in the color, and my observation based on watching Friday’s broadcast in the press box is that different types of televisions can distort the true color of the helmets/uniforms and can actually accentuate any negligible difference in the appearance. It’ll be interesting to see what the combination looks like together this Friday when the television will display an outdoor night game in Buffalo and then the following week when the game will begin at sunset in San Francisco. Also, remember that the uniforms are fabric and the helmets are a hard surface, so it’s unlikely you’re going to get two separate objects such as those to be the exact same color, especially when the hard object (helmets) has the matte finish.