Grading every Minnesota Vikings position group from the 2020 season
By Adam Carlson
First, let’s talk about the good things. Riley Reiff was by far the best player on the offensive line this year. Despite many people wanting to see the Vikings making a change at left tackle because of Reiff’s price tag, his play proved to be worth the money this past season.
Opposite Reiff was Brian O’Neill, who was solid at right tackle. With those two bookends in place, Minnesota was mostly able to contain their opponent’s pass rush from the edges while also being capable run blockers. Between the duo, they missed only one game this season.
When looking at the interior of the Vikings offensive line, it’s not nearly as pretty. Garrett Bradbury looked as though he improved a bit from his rookie season, but he didn’t get any help at all from the guards surrounding him.
Pat Elflein ended up getting released, Dru Samia became a running joke, and a rotating assortment of guards proved not to be able to get the job done. Minnesota even tried plugging offensive tackles in there with no luck.
The only thing that saved this grouping from getting a failing grade is that they were better run blockers than pass protectors. Cousins being sacked 39 times is unacceptable and improving play at guard should be among the top priorities for the Vikings this offseason.
2020 Grade: D-