Minnesota Vikings: RG Mike Harris gets Hall of Fame Game start


The Minnesota Vikings are sticking with Mike Harris as their starting right guard, at least through this weekend’s Hall of Fame Game.

Harris himself revealed the news to reporters in Mankato Thursday.

Harris was elevated to No. 1 right guard after the Vikings tried out – and were unimpressed by – various other options including rookies T.J. Clemmings and Tyrus Thompson, second-year man David Yankey and journeyman Joe Berger.

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Clemmings and Yankey have since both been moved to tackle while Thompson has gotten right guard reps with the second team. Berger continues to work as a backup at various positions.

A couple weeks ago Harris talked about the decision to try him at right guard which came down after minicamp (via 1500ESPN):

"“A little bit after OTAs and minicamp,” Harris said. “Coach said I did a good job filling in for Phil [Loadholt], so he’s going to give me a shot. I’m happy with this opportunity.“It’s my time to fit in this line, wherever it is, tackle or guard. I want to play and start on this team.”"

Last year Harris was given a -6.6 grade by Pro Football Focus, but the majority of his 374 offensive snaps came at tackle.

By all accounts Harris has been solid so far in camp and there’s no reason to believe the Vikings are looking to make a move at right guard. But we still have to get through the preseason and things could certainly change before opening night.

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