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After the trade that brought Joshua Dobbs to the Minnesota Vikings, coach Kevin O’Connell didn’t have to wait long to see how well his new acquisition would fare on the field. Just five days after Dobbs was traded to the team, starting quarterback Jaren Hall was injured during the first quarter when the Vikings took on the Atlanta Falcons, with Hall suffering a concussion. Dobbs was sent in and more than delivered the goods. Not only did he complete 20 out of the 30 passes he made, he threw a spectacular pass to wide receiver Brandon Powell that resulted in a game-winning touchdown, with just 22 seconds of gameplay remaining. When the dust settled, the Vikings had achieved a narrow 31-28 victory.
“He’s smart as hell. To be able to come in here and learn that offense that fast and go out there and call them plays, he’s smart. That’s a smart dude,” Powell said, as reported by USA Today. “He was paying attention. Came in the game, never practicing, and we won the game.”
In fact, after the game had ended, Dobbs admitted that he still hadn’t learned most of the other Vikings players’ names. “If we had to pull up a roster of names, I’ll be a bad teammate today,” Dobbs confessed but promised he’d be working on it. “Names, that’s for this week,” he added. “That’s an assignment for this week.”