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Jordan Addison Apologizes for Incident, Turns to Learning Opportunities

EAGAN, Minn. — Vikings rookie receiver Jordan Addison on Wednesday apologized for an incident last week that resulted in a speeding and reckless driving citation.

Addison spoke between the team's walk-through and its first practice (helmets only) of 2023 Vikings Training Camp.

"First, I want to reiterate that I take full responsibility for ownership of my actions last week," Addison said. "It's never a good thing when KOC (Head Coach Kevin O'Connell) and Kwesi [Adofo-Mensah] have to answer questions or address questions about me off the field, so I just wanted to apologize to everyone for that."

While he did apologize, he politely declined to address specifics of the incident because it's an ongoing legal matter. He did vow to "make sure that won't happen again."

O'Connell and Adofo-Mensah spoke Tuesday shortly after veterans reported to camp and both addressed the situation.

"I would like to keep our conversation that we had internal, but they were definitely disappointed, upset, but they also showed a lot of support," Addison said.

The 23rd overall pick of 2023 said he feels "blessed to be out here on the field, being able to be here with my team."

"They showed a lot of support as I came back in, as well," Addison said. "Right now, I'm just trying to make sure I'm in a good head space to keep working and getting better at my craft."

After initially participating in rookie minicamp two weeks after the draft, Addison was sidelined with an undisclosed injury. He did not specify what it was but did say he is 100 percent now.

"I've been here all summer with the training staff, getting right, and I just want to give a big shout out to them for getting me back to where I want to be at," Addison said.

Addison focused on taking mental reps during Minnesota's voluntary offseason workout program and the team's mandatory minicamp.

Receivers in O'Connell's system are tasked with being able to line up at different spots.

"The amount of plays we have, you've really got to, it's not like college where it's just a couple of formations. You've really got to make sure you're studying," Addison said. "I'll say the detail part about it, actually knowing where to line up and what to do once the ball gets snapped."

He will be able to learn from veterans Justin Jefferson and K.J. Osborn as he grasps the complexity of the offense.

"It will be real beneficial to be around two great established receivers that have been playing in this league for a little bit and have shown a lot of production, so I can learn from them a lot and already have been," Addison said. "It's been pretty tough, but as long as you're studying every night, and with the support we've got on this team, that leap and that jump won't be too hard."