Minnesota Vikings center Joe Berger: PFF’s best run blocker


Minnesota Vikings backup center Joe Berger was named the best run blocker for the 2015 National Football League season by the Pro Football Focus website.

When John Sullivan was lost for the 2015 season with a back injury, the Minnesota Vikings had to turn to their backup to start. The Vikings had planned well for injury on the interior of the line, and had veteran guard/center Joe Berger ready to step in and attempt to fill Sullivan’s shoes.

Not only was Berger able to do an admirable job as a starter, but he made a lot of noise on statistic site Pro Football Focus. Although the former Michigan Technological University center wasn’t named to the Pro Bowl and was absent from the All-Pro teams, PFF recognized Berger and showered praise on him.

Most recently, PFF did their end of season awards, and Joe Berger landed their “Best Run Blocker” award for 2015 according to the PFF website.

"Aug 22, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) prepares to take the snap from offensive lineman Joe Berger (61) in the second quarter against the Oakland Raiders at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports“Not only has Berger done a superb job replacing an elite center, but he has quietly been one of, if not the best center in the league this season. The veteran has excelled as a run blocker to earn the highest run blocking grade among centers during the last four years.”"

The Minnesota Vikings still have Berger under contract for the 2016 season. After that, he will become a free agent at 35 years old. If Sullivan is unable to return for 2016, the Vikings will have insurance at the center position, otherwise, Berger should be able to compete for a starting job on the offensive line.

Congratulations to Joe Berger on being named the best run blocker in the NFL by PFF and kudos go to the Minnesota Vikings for recognizing his talent and locking him in to the team through the 2016 season.