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Lunchbreak: ESPN Ranks Vikings ‘Offensive Arsenal’ Top 5 in NFL

The Vikings have a number of playmakers on offense, including one of the NFL’s best wide receiver duos.

ESPN’s Bill Barnwell agrees, as he recently ranked the Vikings “offensive arsenal” fifth-best in the league. He specified that the rankings are based on a “team’s skill-position talent” only.

Barnwell wrote the following of Minnesota’s offensive weapons:

How far can two star wide receivers take you? The Vikings have the best one-two punch in the game with Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, and though the eight consecutive 100-yard games Thielen posted to start the 2018 season probably won’t pop up again this season, the 28-year-old has topped his receiving yardage total four consecutive times.

Barnwell reminded that the Vikings signed Kyle Rudolph to an extension and used their second-round draft pick on Alabama tight end Irv Smith, Jr.

Rudolph’s injury concerns have faded, as the Notre Dame product hasn’t missed a game in four years. We can’t say the same about Dalvin Cook, who has missed 17 games in two NFL seasons. If Cook can’t stay healthy, the Vikings would have to turn to rookie third-round pick Alexander Mattison as their starting back.

Ahead of the Vikings, Barnwell listed the Rams at No. 1, followed by the Chiefs, Browns and Eagles.

The Vikings will host the Eagles at U.S. Bank Stadium Week 6 and travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs in Week 9.

Less than three months after officially retiring as a Minnesota Vikings, former defensive end Brian Robison announced that he will be inducted into the University of Texas Hall of Honor.

Robison posted about the honor on Instagram, saying he has been “incredibly blessed to play for two of the absolute best programs in college and the pros.”

Robison attended Texas from 2003-06, during which he was a standout athlete in both football and track and field. As a senior, Robison won Big 12 titles in the shot put and discus. He holds the Longhorns record in the shot put at 68 feet, 4.25 inches. He also helped the Texas football team defeat USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl.

According to the Texas Sports website, the induction banquet for the 2019 class is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 30. Robison will be joined by 12 other inductees, including former linebacker Brian Orakpo.

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