Five Minnesota Vikings players need to step up in 2020 (part 1)
August 11, 2020
Let’s have a look at five Minnesota Vikings players whose improvement would significantly help the team during this year’s NFL season to be a contender for the Super Bowl beginning with an offensive lineman.
1. Pat Elflein, Guard
It once looked as if Pat Elflein was going to develop into an anchor at the center position and become one of the league’s best players at this position. Unluckily, since fracturing his ankle and having surgery on his shoulder, he hasn’t looked the same. And a move from center to guard hasn’t helped Elflein bounce back and there were times when he was completely ineffective as a pass blocker and allowed much pressure on quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Although the exact starting lineup for the offensive line during the current NFL season hasn’t been confirmed, the Minnesota Vikings seem to be confident that Elflein will come back and play at a higher level at one guard spot.
Letting go of Josh Kline and waiting to draft interior linemen seems to insert Elflein right back into the beginning lineup. If he doesn’t succeed to perform once again, the team might be looking to move on from the former third-round draft in 2017.
2. Garrett Bradbury, center
It is no need to space out the offensive linemen on this list. In 2019, the interior of the offensive line attempted in a massive way and a lot of it had to do with Garrett Bradbury and Pat Elflein, especially in terms of passing blocking. The Minnesota Vikings seems to be more patient with Bradbury, who has entered his second season in the NFL. There is still much hope he can find his footing since he gains experience at the professional level. Another reason is due to their investment as the team used a first-round pick in last year’s NFL Draft on him and will likely give him every chance to succeed before doing anything to make a change at the position.