5 weakest positions on the 2019 Minnesota Vikings

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(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Riley Reiff
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3. Left Tackle

It’s not surprising to see two offensive line positions make the list of the weakest spots on the 2019 Vikings, as the unit as a whole was a mess a season ago.

Riley Reiff manned the left tackle spot last year and his play was about average or maybe a just a hair above. He struggled with speed rushers, but he hung in there to give Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins adequate protection for the majority of the season.

It’s uncertain if he’ll be better or worse in 2019, but the talent around him should be better. So maybe that can elevate his game a bit.

When we start going through the backups is when this position really shows how weak it is. Currently, there is one guy on the depth chart behind Reiff and his name is Storm Norton (Storm freakin’ Norton).

Norton is a huge dude, standing at 6-foot-7 and weighing in at 315 pounds. The problem is that he has played in just one regular season game during his NFL career. It is horrifying that the Vikings’ primary backup at left tackle has basically no experience in the league.

If Reiff were to get hurt at some point in 2019, Minnesota would likely move Brian O’Neill to left tackle and have Rashod Hill man the right side of the line. Still, that is an issue as O’Neill is inexperienced at the position and by the time he would be able to get comfortable in his new role, the season could already be lost.

With an average starter at the top and, basically, no depth behind him, left tackle is a major weakness on the 2019 Vikings.