Guard is easily the weakest position on the Vikings 2020 roster and that is a fact that can’t be denied. It is a position that lacks a quality starter and is loaded with inexperience on the depth chart.
Minnesota must feel better about their current group of guards than their fans and the national media. They didn’t use an early draft pick or bring in a free agent this offseason to upgrade this position.
In fact, the Vikings did the opposite and cut the only quality starter they had in right guard Josh Kline. He’ll either be replaced by a second-year guy with only 31 snaps of experience in Dru Samia or veteran Dakota Dozier, who has been a backup during his entire career for a reason.
Over on the left side of Minnesota’s interior offensive line is the turnstile that is Pat Elflein. While Elflein is decent opening holes in the running game, he’s a wreck when it comes to pass protection.
If he isn’t getting plowed over by defensive tackles, then he’s usually got a fist full of someone’s jersey, which results in a costly holding penalty. Elflein has been awful for a season and a half, yet the Vikings still appear more than willing to roll him out for one more go around in 2020.
If Elflein and Samia struggle, there isn’t much on the depth chart that Minnesota can fall back on, as it is made up of rookies and players who haven’t logged any significant experience in the NFL.
The Vikings are taking a huge gamble when it comes to this key position in 2020 and if it doesn’t pay off, the weakness of their interior offensive line could be their downfall.