Vikings troll fan base with most recent free-agent signing
By Adam Patrick
Despite having an abysmal performance in 2020, the Minnesota Vikings have decided to re-sign offensive guard Dakota Dozier.
It’s no secret that the Minnesota Vikings have struggled to build a decent offensive line during the last few years. In fact, the Vikings offensive line has been below average for the majority of Rick Spielman‘s tenure as the team’s general manager.
During the last few offseasons, improving the offensive line has remained near the top of the priorities list. Minnesota has stumbled upon a few decent blockers over the years, but for the most part, the unit has just been one big revolving door of garbage.
Some might try to give Spielman and the Vikings’ other decision-makers the benefit of the doubt when it comes to building an offensive line since it’s quite difficult to find a group of blockers that can maintain some sort of success for more than a season. But when Minnesota goes out and makes a move like they did on Tuesday, all anyone can do is just shake their head.
Minnesota Vikings are bringing back Dakota Dozier to pretend to block again in 2021
Last season, the Vikings decided to go with Dakota Dozier as their starting left guard. Dozier played more of a backup role during the first few years of his NFL career, but Minnesota chose to give him the opportunity to be a full-time starter in 2020.
The Vikings quickly found out why he wasn’t ever able to keep a starting job during his first six seasons in the league.
Dozier looked completely lost whenever he was on the field last season and luckily for Minnesota, he managed to start all 16 of their games. In 2020, he was flagged for nine penalties, he gave up six sacks, and he allowed more than 45 pressures.
Despite his incredibly bad performance last season, the Vikings still decided to re-sign Dozier on Tuesday. Minnesota clearly thought it was a better idea to spend money on a guy who blocks like he’s doing an impression of Stevie Wonder than to use their funds on someone who might have the potential to actually help them in 2021.
Some might say that Dozier has experience and he knows the Vikings’ blocking schemes. Well, his “experience” didn’t seem to matter in 2020 now did it?
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Hopefully, Minnesota is just bringing him back as a camp body this year and by camp body, I mean mini-camp.