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?
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.
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.
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.