Jordan Addison climbs ladder for unreal catch in Vikings practice
Jordan Addison committed a rookie-on-rookie crime during the Minnesota Vikings’ joint practice with the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday.
The first-year receiver out of USC took on Kei’Trel Clark in a red zone drill. Addison is trending toward a potentially large rookie season in the NFL and all the reasons why were on display in one play.
Addison showed off the footwork to create separation between himself and his defender, the body control to go up and adjust to the ball, and the hands to control the catch through the ground as Clark stuck his hand in last-minute to try and pop the ball loose. Yes, just a practice rep, but receivers always need a little loving when they Moss someone.
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Addison was taken by the Vikings with the 23rd overall pick back in April. In Minnesota, the former Biletnikoff winner partners up with the NFL’s reigning AP Offensive Player of the Year, Justin Jefferson, to form a dynamic one-two punch at receiver.
The 5-foot-11 receiver has had a quiet preseason — bringing in one of three targets for 22 yards. But he had a sensational sideline catch in his preseason debut that was waved off and then spent last week in concussion protocol.
Expectations are high for the regular season, though.
With Jefferson dominating the defense’s attention, Addison could post a strong rookie season and challenge for Rookie of the Year honors.