McDermott is going to have some work to do as the team lost one of their best defenders in cornerback Stephon Gilmore, as well as some great receiving weapons in Robert Woods and Marqise Goodwin. They did add rookie wide out Zay Jones and free agent Andre Holmes — both of who should get some snaps early in the game with starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor.
As for the Vikings, they kick off a new era as for the first time since 2007, they enter a season without running back Adrian Peterson on their roster. They released him after an injury plagued 2016, and he subsequently signed with the New Orleans Saints.
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All eyes will be on second-round pick Dalvin Cook, who takes over at running back for Peterson. Cook was incredible at Florida State, but had some off field issues which gave some teams pause when they considered him leading into the draft. Playing his first preseason game on his 22nd birthday Thursday will give him his first chance to prove the team right for taking a flier.
Details for Thursday’s game are below:
Date: Thursday, Aug. 10
Start Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Location: Orchard Park, NY
Stadium: New Era Field
TV Info: Fox (Minneapolis area), ABC (Buffalo) to be re-aired on NFL Network multiple times
Live Stream: NFL.com, NFL Game Pass
As always, preseason games don’t feature stars for an entire game and some like Buffalo running back LeSean McCoy may not see the field for more than a few snaps, if at all.