All work and no play—well, we all know what that does. As the new guy in town, I have plenty of work to do. But I’m also trying to make the most of my downtime as well.
I’ve recently taken up golf. I’m not great at it; about a +20 handicap. As an athlete, I’d hoped it might be easier to get started. But I’ve caught the bug, and I love it. I enjoy traveling around and spending time with people on golf courses.
I’ve also been told that since I now live in the great state of Minnesota that I have to become an outdoorsman and get into things like hunting, fishing, and ice-fishing. Let’s just say I’ve got a lot to learn along those lines.
Of course, for me, it isn’t just about getting to know my new surroundings here in Minneapolis. There’s my new team.
The Vikings developed a great team before I got here. They have a lot of the pieces in place already with guys like Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, the tight ends, the running backs, etc. They went out and got some new guys for the O-line last year that did a great job.
As a player, the more you know and the more you can do to help your team, the better. For quarterbacks to be successful in this league, they need to be able to throw from the pocket. But I do like to work outside of the pocket from time to time as well—under the right conditions and within the system, of course.
To be successful, you need to be able to do both. Pockets are condensed in the NFL; windows are tight, and it can be pretty violent in there. You have to be able to work from the pocket, and you have to be good at it, but sometimes it is more fun to get out on the run.
Being able to act and react when things get off schedule is an essential part of the game and one I think I improved at over the last year. When I can I prefer to stay in the pocket and make the throws the way the coaches designed.
They design them to work, so I like to let them work for me and find the open guy.
The offseason program is going to be vital for all of us to get to the know the offense and make it second nature; not just me as the quarterback, but everyone.
Looking ahead, I know I’ve said this before, but I am excited to be here and excited to go to work every day.