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Jordan Addison on Offseason Work 'Paying Off,' Confidence in Vikings QBs

EAGAN, Minn. – A barefoot Jordan Addison strolled up to the podium, shining a smile.

The Vikings had just wrapped up Wednesday's voluntary Organized Team Activity (OTA) practice, and a light breeze accented the sunny, 70-degree day.

Addison, leaning comfortably against the podium, was asked by Twin Cities media members about adapting to Minnesota's two new quarterbacks.

"It's been really good," he said, grinning. "They're out there playing with a lot of confidence."

Addison has some familiarity with Nick Mullens and Jaren Hall, with whom he worked at various times during his rookie season, and has been impressed by free agent addition Sam Darnold and first-round draft pick J.J. McCarthy.

Addison has largely been taking passes from Darnold in first-team reps but has also received passes from Mullens and McCarthy. During a portion of Wednesday's 7-on-7 period, Addison caught a touchdown pass from the rookie.

"He's got a nice, tight spiral. So you've got to make sure you catch it," Addison laughed. "But I like him. J.J.'s been playing really well. Playing with confidence, anticipating throws. Making mistakes but learning from them. He's got a bright future."

"They all look good," he noted. "I'm confident with whoever they throw out there."

Addison also enjoys working with new quarterbacks coach Josh McCown, with whom he exchanged a multi-step handshake before his press conference.

View photos from the Vikings fourth OTA practice, which took place on May 28 at the TCO Performance Center.

The second-year receiver said it's his goal to make things as easy as possible on passers and coaches.

"We're playmakers out there," Addison said. "We go out there, we get open, so that takes all the pressure off the quarterbacks. But building [trust], just showing the quarterback that you know what you're doing, [that's important]."

Different quarterbacks have different approaches, Addison acknowledged, but it's his job to build a comfort level with each one.

"At the end of the day, we get paid to catch the ball, so we've got to catch it," he said. "But some people have a little softer touch, some people throw it a little bit [harder], but at the end of the day, we get paid to catch the ball."

Adjusting to new quarterbacks is easier for Addison entering his second season, now being comfortable with Head Coach Kevin O'Connell's offense and what's expected of him.

Addison impressed as a rookie, recording 70 catches for 911 yards and 10 touchdowns, but he is looking to take another step forward.


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The 22-year-old said he's focused this offseason on improving his releases off the line of scrimmage.

"That's been a main focus for me, and I feel like it's been paying off. My work is showing out there," Addison said. "Having a plan once I get to the line, being decisive and just really making sure I'm locked into my release.

"Last year, I wasn't as confident in my releases," he continued. "I wasn't being decisive. I didn't have [a] plan when I was coming up to the line; I was kind of just freelancing, trying to do what I could do. Make something work. But now, like I said, it's my focus."

Addison credited Vikings receivers coach Keenan McCardell for helping him get off to a strong start in Year 1 and pushing him further as he preps for Year 2.

"He took my game to the next level within one year, so I give all my praise to him, and I'm just gonna keep working," Addison said.