Mike Zimmer isn’t pleased with his rookie receivers

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The Vikings used a pair of seventh-round draft picks on receivers. So far, they’re apparently showing why they lasted until round seven.

Coach Mike Zimmer isn’t happy with the performance of Dillon Mitchell and Olabisi Johnson.

They haven’t been precise enough,” Zimmer said Sunday, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “They need to get their rear end in gear.”

Typically, seventh-round picks face an uphill climb to make the roster. The Vikings gave Mitchell and Johnson slotted signing bonuses of $80,000 and $74,000, respectively, to secure dibs on the ability to assess whether they may end up being good enough to make it or, at a minimum, whether they could slip through waivers and land on the practice squad.

If they don’t step it up, that will be the best-case scenario for Mitchell and Johnson. If they do step it up, the best case entails a chance to compete and contribute on a top-heavy depth chart with plenty of question marks behind Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs.

57 responses to “Mike Zimmer isn’t pleased with his rookie receivers

  1. College football today has hurt the development of receivers in some ways. The spread style offenses that most teams use tell receivers to run exact routes and don’t teach receivers how to read, react and use techniques to get open. That’s why it always seams to take them two or three years to be fully effective. Receivers aren’t high on people’s draft boards anymore because of the development they need.

  2. filthymcnasty3 says:
    July 28, 2019 at 11:40 am
    A little complacency is to be expected after last seasons magical 8-7-1 finish.
    ____________________________________

    Yeah because this year’s rookies had so much to do with last year 🙄

  3. Don’t wait until the 7th round to get a WR and then complain that they aren’t playing well.

  4. That’s why it always seams to take them two or three years to be fully effective. Receivers aren’t high on people’s draft boards anymore because of the development they need.
    ++++++

    Wide Receivers taken in the first three rounds of the draft last 3 years: 14, 10, 13.

    8 rookie wide receivers had 500+ yards receiving last season.

  5. there’s a chance zimmer might be talking these receivers down so other teams don’t grab them.

  6. Drafts 2 7th round picks, “Lord these guys are average at best” Both 7th round picks (looks around in confusion)

  7. With teams figuring Thielen out after half a season, Diggs disappearing for full games, and Cook being there for no more than a game or two, Zimmer really needs these two to put up some monster numbers this year.

    If not, the offense won’t be keep up after his aging defense gives up mounds of points.

    4-12 seems about right.

  8. Give these wide receivers to the bores or slackers…..they need receivers as they are either terrible or complain about being injured.

  9. “Top heavy depth chart”

    That means there is zero depth at the WR position for the Vikings as many have stated and is a fact. You have 3 starting WR’s on a team and the Vikings can’t even pin-point the 3rd starter yet and that isn’t good. The Vikings will keep 6 WR’s and only the top 2 of those will have any chance at providing impact. The depth at the position is laughable.

    I do not blame Zimmer one bit for being frustrated that Spielman has failed to build a roster with adequate depth. The Vikings have depth issues at several positions.

    The game has passed Zimmer by and that is one reason this season will be another struggle, but it can not be ignored that Rick Spielman has not provided Mike Zimmer with a roster that he can be fully successful with.

  10. Zimmer has high expectations for his team and that includes 7th-round picks. He wouldn’t be complaining about them if he didn’t think they could contribute.

  11. Alan Light says:
    July 28, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    We have high standards on the World Class Minnesota Vikings…
    _________

    High standards?
    0-58.
    3 postseason appearances in the last 9 seasons.
    World Class, Indeed. (snicker, snicker)

  12. cheeseisfattening says:
    July 28, 2019 at 2:50 pm
    Too bad they wernt drafted by green bay. Packer fans go GA GA over rookie recievers.
    ———-
    Or their “veteran WR” (their words) Jake Kumerow – whose is pushing 30 and has accomplished less than Jake from State Farm.

  13. Rodney Adams, Stacy Coley, Bucky Hodges.

    Three picks from 2017 that are no longer in the league.
    These guys from 2019 probably won’t be in the league in 2 years either.
    They’re 7th round picks for a reason.

    David Morgan, Stephen Weatherly and Jayron Kearse will make the team this year though so its his and miss.

    And hey cheesers, I personally could care less what you think of Zimmer. And I know for a fact Zimmer really really could care less what you think of him and his team. Keep crowing though.

  14. Ice Station Zebra Associates says:
    July 28, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    ‘If you can catch a wrench you can catch a football’.
    ________

    Exactly!

  15. Liberalsruineverything says:
    July 28, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    Packer fans hate Mike Zimmer

    +++++

    On the contrary, I hope the Vikings keep extending him. Pretending a guy who has won one playoff victory since the turn of the century is the answer. Purple.

  16. cheeseisfattening says:
    July 28, 2019 at 2:50 pm
    Too bad they wernt drafted by green bay. Packer fans go GA GA over rookie recievers.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Maybe last year. If any of the three rookie WR’s wants a chance to make the practice squad, they’ll have to really impress the coaches. As it is, the Packers are sitting well with receivers and a lot of talent will be headed to the practice squad. I have high expectations for the Packers’ second-year receivers. This is why;

    “I’ve always said, ‘Any free agent that comes in usually plays a lot better his second year than he does his first year,’ ” Zimmer said this past week. “And I don’t know why that’s the case. I think if you look throughout the times, you can even talk about some of the guys we have now. I think Linval Joseph played a lot better his second year. Captain Munnerlyn, when he was here, played a lot better his second year. So, a lot of these guys that come in here as free agents, it takes them a year to get acclimated, whatever the situation is.”

    -Mike Zimmer

  17. Liberalsruineverything says:
    July 28, 2019 at 5:05 pm
    Packer fans hate Mike Zimmer because he exposed Erin and showed him to be a gimmicky fraud for a quarterback.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Who?

  18. Alan Light says:
    July 28, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    946 days since the Pack beat Mike Zimmer…Zim owns the Pack…
    ………….

    I’ve never been so desperate to actually count the days to try and prove some dumb argument.
    But, Zimmer is 5-4-1 against the Packers. You and I have vastly different definitions of ownership.

  19. Do this person really keep track of the days?

    I don’t even know if the numbers are correct nor do I care, but yeah the Vikings won 3 out of the last 5 games vs. the Packers. Do you feel you deserved a parade and aren’t getting it or what is the point here?

    The fact that beating the Packers 3 out of the last 5 games is such a huge deal in your life that you often post about it is very telling, and quite sad.

    Poor Barney

  20. freedomfromwhatyouare:
    ———————————-
    I think the packers have only beaten the Vikes 1 time in the last 7 tries. Am I wrong in this assumption?

  21. You’d have more success finding a needle in a haystack than finding a good receiver in the 7th round!

  22. roger that says:
    July 28, 2019 at 7:29 pm
    freedomfromwhatyouare:
    ———————————-
    I think the packers have only beaten the Vikes 1 time in the last 7 tries. Am I wrong in this assumption?
    _________________________________________

    YES you are, in the last 8 meetings between the two the Vikes are 5-2-1

  23. Donald Driver was a damn good 7th rounder.

    I think last year getting EQ in the 6th and MVS in the 5th will soon be thought of as some of the best WR drafting in a long time.

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  24. freefromwhatyouare says:
    July 28, 2019 at 8:26 pm
    Donald Driver was a damn good 7th rounder.

    I think last year getting EQ in the 6th and MVS in the 5th will soon be thought of as some of the best WR drafting in a long time

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Diggs in the 5th, Thielen UFA. And all along I thought you knew football.

  25. They weren’t in the same year like EQ and MVS.

    Thanks for trying though chief👌

  26. I don’t care who the VikKings HC is. Until this team sticks a SB trophy in their trophy case no one should be satisfied of anyone’s performance.

  27. Zimmer’s style is to throw people under the bus. I would think he might get better results by talking to his underperforming players in the lockerroom, not in the media.

  28. In the press conference Florio wrote this article about, Zimmer shows strong frustration with “our younger guys” he says. He never says the rookie WR’s and shortly after he throws a shot at Chad Beebe saying: “I wouldn’t call him a possession WR, his deal is he needs to stay healthy and he needs to prove he can do that.”

    If you listen to Zimmer speak about the Vikings WR’s it is quite obvious he is not happy at all with the depth he has been provided at the position by Rick Spielman.

    #WhatAMess

    #SeeUSept15th

    #LookingForwardToIt👍

  29. flviking says:
    July 28, 2019 at 8:47 pm
    freefromwhatyouare says:
    July 28, 2019 at 8:26 pm
    Donald Driver was a damn good 7th rounder.

    I think last year getting EQ in the 6th and MVS in the 5th will soon be thought of as some of the best WR drafting in a long time

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Diggs in the 5th, Thielen UFA. And all along I thought you knew football.

    —-————-—

    Not to mention Troy Williamson in the 1st, Laquon Treadwell in the 1st …

  30. WR is a very difficult position to play, most WRs do not catch on until their 3rd your. There are not many Randy Moss type players that tear it up their rookie year. Most these rookie guys never had to run precise routes in college. Their athletic ability sustained them. Being a good route runner is 90% of being a good WR. You gotta know where to line up, where to cut the route off by not slowing down, what coverage is being played.Its not pass protection breaking down scrambling heaving the ball as far as you can like our friend to the East. Thats why WRs in the first year struggle, it trying to learn those newer concepts and put them into their game.

  31. spiralynth says:

    Not to mention Troy Williamson in the 1st, Laquon Treadwell in the 1st …
    ============================================
    The best part of Williamson as the #7 overall pick was that it was followed by another first round pick (#18 overall) a DE that didn’t last 3 years, all while Rodgers sat in the Green Room till the 24th pick that year.

    Just think about the respective fortunes of the two teams if the Vikings only drafted BPA in 2005

  32. Steve Cunningham says:
    July 28, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    roger that says:
    July 28, 2019 at 7:29 pm
    freedomfromwhatyouare:
    ———————————-
    I think the packers have only beaten the Vikes 1 time in the last 7 tries. Am I wrong in this assumption?
    _________________________________________

    YES you are, in the last 8 meetings between the two the Vikes are 5-2-1
    ___________

    Yeah, but he was talking about the last 7 meetings, not the last 8. The Vikings are 5-1-1 in the last 7, so he is correct.

  33. whatjusthapped says:
    July 29, 2019 at 10:47 am
    spiralynth says:

    Not to mention Troy Williamson in the 1st, Laquon Treadwell in the 1st …
    ============================================
    The best part of Williamson as the #7 overall pick was that it was followed by another first round pick (#18 overall) a DE that didn’t last 3 years, all while Rodgers sat in the Green Room till the 24th pick that year.

    Just think about the respective fortunes of the two teams if the Vikings only drafted BPA in 2005
    ————————————

    I don’t understand why you insist on thinking you can snicker at the Vikings for passing on Rodgers. Daunte Culpepper was a 26 year old MVP candidate at the time so any GM that drafts a QB in that situation would be fired instantly. But please keep trying to make it a thing.

  34. Going into the draft the Vikings had needs in the following order, OL, #2 RB, #3 WR, TE. They addressed all of them, but chose to use 7th round picks for #3 WR position. I wonder if their thinking was they can find a veteran off waivers to 53 easier than using say a 4th round pick on a 50-50 prospect.

  35. Zimmer was already thinking of next year, when second-year receivers are expected to reach their potential in the absence of rookie distractions. He said so himself.

  36. trolls talking about Zimmer throwing players under the bus. He is the head coach and critiqued the WR’s is all. Not anything like Aaron throwing M McCarthy under the bus for play calling when Rodgers could change the plays at the line of scrimmage.And it was after one of their 6 wins.

  37. Make sure you add “Two Time MVP and Super Bowl Champion” every time you mention Rodgers’ name. It’s about respect. He deserves respect much more than any Vikings player (past, present, or near future).

  38. Minneanderthals says:
    July 30, 2019 at 1:12 pm
    Make sure you add “Two Time MVP and Super Bowl Champion” every time you mention Rodgers’ name. It’s about respect. He deserves respect much more than any Vikings player (past, present, or near future).
    —————————————

    I’m sure Zimmer will as soon as Rodgers shows him proper respect by referring to him as Daddy.

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