Former Dolphins Albert Wilson to join Vikings' new offense team
June 1, 2022
Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the Vikings have agreed to a one-year contract with wide receiver Albert Wilson.
According to Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press, the deal is reportedly worth around $1.12 million. It was developed after the Vikings decided not to offer Dede Westbrook a contract. When Westbrook started considering other options, the team decided to sign Wilson.
When he was first elected in the 2014 NFL draft, Wilson was regarded as a speedster. Over his first five seasons in the league, he had average catches of around 13 catches per game and 16 yards per catch. The 29-year-old receiver then spent the last few seasons in Miami.
Wilson has consistently contributed to the Miami Dolphins throughout his seven-year career. Wilson, who is 5-foot-9 and 192 pounds, is not exactly the ideal size for an NFL receiver; however, he has plenty of explosiveness. The wide receiver caught a 75-yard touchdown pass against the Bears in 2018.
Despite not getting much playing time, Wilson still contributed to the team. In his last two seasons with the Dolphins, his production decreased significantly. The team's inability to consistently throw the ball downfield affected his output.
Vikings new offense
With Pro Bowl wideout Adam Thielen and All-Pro receiver Justin Jefferson as their top targets, the Vikings should be able to rely on Wilson to provide them with more space underneath. He should also help them draw deep coverage. This will allow them to utilize their deep routes and find more space.
Aside from running the ball effectively, the Vikings also have one of the best receiving groups in the league, led by Dalvin Cook. Kirk Cousins had one of his best seasons in the league last year. With the loss of several key players from the Green Bay Packers, the division might be up for grabs this season.
This will be the seventh season that the Vikings have had a new offensive coordinator. With the hiring of Kevin O'Connell, the team has finally gotten a head coach with a track record of success. This will allow the Vikings to have a stable offensive line for the first time in a long time.
The players are still learning the new system and concepts. Although the Vikings have had the same offensive scheme under Stefanski and Kubiaks, O'Connell's approach will differ. While they may have some similarities, the new coordinator's approach will vary.
According to Thielen, the team's new offensive system is the most challenging he's ever had to do. The Pro-Bowler receiver said he's eager to get started because to learn the new scheme.
On The Pat McAfee Show, Thielen stated that he's also swimming to keep himself from getting too tired. The 31-year-old receiver concluded that the Vikings' new system was pretty straightforward. Everything the team is doing is precisely the same except for the terminology. There are also a lot of different formations and words that the players have to understand to fit seamlessly into the scheme.
Thielen has been through the Vikings' offensive roller-coaster more than any other player. He's the team's longest-tenured player on the roster, and he's also the second-longest tenured player behind Harrison Smith.