Pat Elflein – LG
Some of the Vikings players on this list are on it because they either haven’t lived up to expectations or they have had mixed performances so far this season. Pat Elflein is the first one on it who has been consistently awful this year.
Expectations and hopes were high for Elflein heading into this season. After Minnesota selected center Garret Bradbury in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft, Elflein was moved to left guard.
Many figured the change would be good for him as he played better at guard than center in college. Elflein was also coming off a rough season in 2018 where many questioned whether or not he was truly healthy.
It was assumed that a full offseason to recover and also a full minicamp and training camp to get back in shape would be what this guy would need to return to his 2017 form. Neither has seemed to help.
Elflein has been the weakest link on the Vikings’ offensive line this season. He routinely gets blown past or through by opposing defenders.
Of the hits Kirk Cousins has taken this year, chances are high that it was the man coming over Eflein who was responsible for the pressure. It’s extremely frustrating as Elflein was very good his rookie season and why he has regressed is anyone’s guess.
Elflein is arguably the most disappointing player for Minnesota so far this season. If his play doesn’t improve, it wouldn’t be shocking to see the Vikings make a move and go with Dakota Dozier or rookie Dru Samia as their left guard for the rest of the year.