Jalyn Holmes has hit a bump in the rookie road, but the Vikings defensive tackle said Tuesday night during a team charity event he “definitely” expects to be a full go for training camp.
Holmes, a fourth-round pick out of Ohio State, has been held out of OTAs for the past couple weeks and will miss the remainder of this week’s three-day minicamp that ends the offseason program. He’s dealing with a broken hand, head coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday on KFAN, suffered at least two weeks ago.
This means Holmes (6-5, 270 pounds) will be sidelined for three weeks (about 10 practices) of valuable time this spring while acclimating to a new position. The Vikings drafted the ex-Buckeyes defensive end with the intention of playing him as a full-time defensive tackle.
“I’m up for the challenge and got good coaches that are actually teaching me what to do,” Holmes said last month. “So I’m up for the challenge.”
The Vikings report for training camp in late July.