1 Backup Vikings Veteran Capable of Overcoming the Starter

Viking tookJul 28, 2022; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings guard Chris Reed (62) performs a drill during training camp at TCO Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

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July 28, 2022; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings guard Chris Reid (62) performs a drill during training camp at the TCO Performance Center. Mandatory credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

During the offseason, much attention has been paid to the team’s consistency on the offensive line. However, these conversations can sometimes overlook an important Vikings veteran.

The front five is one place where working harmoniously with your blocking buddy through clear communication is a necessity, especially when facing a defense with a creative attack (as we all learn from Mr. Flores with the Vikings defense). expect to see). While consistency is notable, there is one position that has some notable competition: Right guard.

Vikings veteran with 1 backup likely in starting lineup

Sophomore Ed Ingram is inspiring some optimism, Making the jump from college football to the NFL is no small feat, especially when one has to switch feet (sorry, I couldn’t help myself). In college LG changed to RG, meaning his footwork was different. Could a full off-season help his body heal and get used to the right side?

August 20, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Ty Chandler (32) celebrates with Minnesota Vikings guard Ed Ingram (67) after scoring a touchdown during the second quarter at US Bank Stadium. Mandatory credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

During his initial draft as GM, Kwesi Adofo-Mensah selected Ingram with the 59th pick. Obviously, the team thinks highly of the interior offensive linemen. However, GM made another notable move during that same offseason: the signing of Chris Reed.

Nearing his 31st birthday, Reid has been in the NFL for a while. He entered the NFL in 2015 as a UDFA, having played for five different teams in his time. Joining the Vikings represents a homecoming for the guard since attending college at Minnesota State.

Per PFF, Ingram was responsible for allowing 11 sacks, 18 QB hits and 58 pressures. He also converted 4 penalties. Not great, guys. To his credit, he was super durable, playing 1168 snaps in a year when novices were making almost no impact.

August 14, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Minnesota Vikings guard Ed Ingram (67) defends against Las Vegas Raiders defensive tackle Vernon Butler (94) in the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports.

Meanwhile, Reed had 124 snaps, all of which came under center as the team was down to both Garrett Bradbury and Austin Schlotman. All things considered, the veteran pitched well, but he allowed one hit and some pressure (with some penalties). Reid’s status as an emergency center makes him valuable to the team, although it is safe to say that his main responsibility is to strengthen the guard positions.

Kirk Cousins ​​was fired last year. He was sacked 46 times, a number that should drop in the upcoming season (to say nothing of the more widespread QB hits and pressures). Bringing back a similar offensive line is only useful as long as it leads to better play.

October 9, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) and quarterback Kirk Cousins ​​(8) of the Minnesota Vikings practice prior to the game against the Chicago Bears at US Bank Stadium. Mandatory credit: Jeffrey Baker-USA TODAY Sports.

Ed Ingram will need to re-earn his spot in the starting lineup. Yes, there is hope for improvement, but it still needs to be proved. Chris Reid is an established veteran who has impressed at various spots in the NFL. There’s value in an off-the-cuff veterinarian who’s seen it all, especially at a rough spot like Guard.

To stay in Minnesota, Reid agreed to take a $1 million cut in his salary during the offseason. Reid, apparently, wants to stay in town. And, of course, the team wants him to stay. Given that he is a depth player, the cut wouldn’t have been shocking at all. Instead, both sides found a middle ground.

He will collect a cap charge of $1.75 million on the season.

Editor’s Note: Information from pro football reference, PFFAnd over the cap This piece helped. This piece originally appeared purpleptsd,

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