Vikings getting healthier on offensive line

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The Vikings may not have their entire starting offensive line sharing game reps until the regular season, but they’ll get a bit closer to a complete set on Friday.

Right guard Mike Remmers and right tackle Rashod Hill have missed time, including the second preseason game, with ankle injuries. They have returned to practice this week, though, and head coach Mike Zimmer said on Wednesday that he expects both to play against the Seahawks on Friday night.

“I think they’ll get some reps this week,” Zimmer said, via the Pioneer Press. “We need to firm up the pocket a little bit and stay stout in there.”

Center Pat Elflein is still on the physically unable to perform list after ankle and shoulder injuries and probably won’t play at all in the preseason, but getting Remmers and Hill back will allow the Vikings to get some continuity on a line that needs to replace left guard Nick Easton after his season-ending injury.

46 responses to “Vikings getting healthier on offensive line

  1. It appears they are taking no chances with Elflein. I watched him at practice, the last week of training camp, working out on the side. He looked pretty good to me the way he moved. He also looks bigger than last year. Hopefully the OL will be like last year and week 1 they come out of no where and play great together all season. Its literally the only question mark on this team. Even if the offense sputters, the defense should be even better than last year and can carry this team until the offense gels.

  2. Weakest division? You must not know football. They’re in the strongest division. Rodgers, Matthew, Trubisky and Kirk could be some of the best qb’s in the game. And I told people to not worry about the o-line as they’ll be fine. Looks like Pat will be back soon as well.

  3. The problem is depth beyond the starting 5. Same with linebackers beyond their starting 3. If they can keep them all healthy here on out, that’s great but it’s highly unlikely.

  4. Even a healthy Hill is garbage! Don’t forget he was a back up last yr and only played due to injuries. O’Neill needs to be a quick study and take that spot over at some point this year. Perhaps they do sign a late camp cap casualty for a guard spot.

  5. hukdeep says:
    August 23, 2018 at 7:49 am
    ZERO rings.
    *****
    Do you also post the same comment on every post about the Bengals, Bills, Browns, Cardinals, Chargers, Falcons, Jaguars, Lions, Panthers, Texans and Titans? Or is this only used for Vikings?

  6. Kirk and Co. only need to score 21 points to win 90% of their games…having said that, this offense will average at least 24 per contest. The oline needs to get better in pass protection, but they already run block very well. Dalvin Cook will be in mvp conversations this year….

  7. I have a feeling we’ll see a lot of changes on the line over the course of the year. They seem intent on starting Remmers at right guard and Hill at RT, but I’ve never been impressed with Hill. They might decide to kick Remmers back out to RT and start Isidora at right guard. Or maybe Collins proves to be better than Compton, or O’Neill starts to look better than Hill. Eventually they’ll find the best combination. Maybe the offense gets off to a slow start because of the new QB, OC, and O-line issues, but they should all be hitting their stride when the playoffs start.

  8. Is there something wrong with the grass @ US Bank & the Vikings practice field that is causing all these injuries?

  9. The Vikings O-line was pretty good last year (not great). By all accounts, Hill is much improved this year. Elflein should also be better his 2nd year. Compton/Easton is probably a wash, talent-wise (Compton has much better PFF rating). Personally, I am expecting the O-Line to be as good, or maybe a little bit better than last year, provided no starter gets hurt.

    The big issue here is depth. One injury to a starter and this group really drops off. Hopefully, Vikes have a couple Iloka-type signings after first round of cuts to provide some depth on the OL.

  10. My concern is that ankle injuries linger and can be re-aggravated pretty easily — I suspect Hill and Remmers will have to deal with the bad ankles all year which sucks. I still think the Vikes make another vet O-line move before the season starts.

  11. Alan Light says:
    August 23, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Dalvin Cook will be in mvp conversations this year….
    ++++++++

    With all you delusional Purples running around saying things like Diggs is Antonio Brown 2.0, I’m sure you’ll find someone to type some nonsense about Dalvin Cook near selection time. You win, again.

  12. packertruth says:
    August 23, 2018 at 11:51 am
    Alan Light says:
    August 23, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Dalvin Cook will be in mvp conversations this year….
    ++++++++

    With all you delusional Purples running around saying things like Diggs is Antonio Brown 2.0, I’m sure you’ll find someone to type some nonsense about Dalvin Cook near selection time. You win, again.

    ////////

    Again jealousy rears its head for Packer fan and Packer Nation. They just cannot get over it the the Vikes who have drafted pretty well since Zimmer has been there for the past 4 years. You have Two good players A A Ron and Graham, that’s it. Packers do not have consistency in the running game, unproven WRs except for Adams who admits Rhodes is one of the five toughest cornerbacks he goes up against. Cobb can’t seem to stay healthy and your QB fave target in Nelson who is a helluva receiver was cut.

    Cook will be in the conversation this year maybe not for MVP because that always goes to QBs. But rushing title yes, receptions good possibility, all purpose yards could be, TD’s strong chance.

    Packers fans think we paid too much for Cousins, not proven blah blah blah. Well Packers fans you are hanging your hopes on a 34 year old QB coming of a major injury and want to make him the highest paid QB – what if the Packers go 7-9 this year. Packers still gonna pay Rpdgers that kind of money?

    The only thing I see delusional is Packer fans thinking everyone in the division should just give up and not play because A A Ron is back. The Rams, Falcons, Saints and Vikings have all improved their respective teams and put a supporting cast around those QBs to make them better. Green Bay has not. This team is built on defense and if you cannot get the ball to your play makers its going to be a long day for Mr Rodgers in his neighborhood.

    The offensive line will be just fine, they were average at best last year and Keenum did find. Cousins is a helluva lot more athletic than Keenum.

  13. I don’t feel good about the beginning of the season. I’m afraid we’ll be 2-3 by the time the offense starts to play well. But, as a lifelong Vikings fan, I’ve been conditioned to expect the worse.

  14. Wait…let me get this straight…

    The Packers have added:

    Jimmy Graham
    Maurice Wilkerson
    Marcedes Lewis
    Maurice Wilkerson
    Three speedy tall wide receivers
    Tramon Williams
    Two of the top five cornerbacks in the draft
    Mike Pettine
    Joe Philbin

    But they haven’t upgraded their team at all?

    I feel like your picture should be posted by the definition of delusional in the dictionary.

  15. vikesfansteve says:

    August 23, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Is there something wrong with the grass @ US Bank & the Vikings practice field that is causing all these injuries?

    ——————————————————————————

    Ask Teddy Bridgewater.

  16. carlpanzramwasatypicalminnesotan says:

    August 23, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    Wait…let me get this straight…

    The Packers have added:

    Jimmy Graham
    Maurice Wilkerson
    Marcedes Lewis
    Maurice Wilkerson
    Three speedy tall wide receivers
    Tramon Williams
    Two of the top five cornerbacks in the draft
    Mike Pettine
    Joe Philbin

    But they haven’t upgraded their team at all?

    I feel like your picture should be posted by the definition of delusional in the dictionary.

    ——

    Added Jimmy Graham but got rid of Jordy Nelson. Are these tall, speedy WRs the ones with piss poor effort? More rookie corners? How have the Packers been doing with drafting that position so far? People rip on the Vikings for not addressing their biggest need, OL. The Packers didn’t address their biggest need, defense. They are relying on finally getting CBs correct in the draft. The Packers are relying on putting up 40 points a game…because they will need to.

  17. ackattack22 says:
    August 23, 2018 at 10:03 am
    hukdeep says:
    August 23, 2018 at 7:49 am
    ZERO rings.
    *****
    Do you also post the same comment on every post about the Bengals, Bills, Browns, Cardinals, Chargers, Falcons, Jaguars, Lions, Panthers, Texans and Titans? Or is this only used for Vikings
    —-
    The Lions have 4 rings…Browns have rings as well. Not every team has zero history like the Vikings.

  18. carlpanzramwasatypicalminnesotan says:

    August 23, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    Wait…let me get this straight…

    The Packers have added:

    Jimmy Graham (old, overpaid)
    Maurice Wilkerson (bust)
    Marcedes Lewis (old)
    Maurice Wilkerson (bust, again!)
    Three speedy tall wide receivers (nobodies)
    Tramon Williams (ancient)
    Two of the top five cornerbacks in the draft (LOL)
    Mike Pettine (ROFL)
    Joe Philbin (ROFL!)

    But they haven’t upgraded their team at all?

    ———

    Lost Jordy Nelson, Morgan Burnett, Richard Rodgers, and Jahri Evans. Seems like Packers made a lateral move, at best. Listing the coordinators as “upgrades” is stretching to say the least. The only “upgrade” any Vikings fan is worried about is Aaron Rodgers, and he’s one more broken collarbone from joining Tony Romo in the broadcast booth.

  19. The Packers have added:

    Jimmy Graham
    Maurice Wilkerson
    Marcedes Lewis
    Maurice Wilkerson
    Three speedy tall wide receivers
    Tramon Williams
    Two of the top five cornerbacks in the draft
    Mike Pettine
    Joe Philbin

    But they haven’t upgraded their team at all?

    I feel like your picture should be posted by the definition of delusional in the dictionary.

    ——

    Added Jimmy Graham but got rid of Jordy Nelson. Are these tall, speedy WRs the ones with piss poor effort? More rookie corners? How have the Packers been doing with drafting that position so far? People rip on the Vikings for not addressing their biggest need, OL. The Packers didn’t address their biggest need, defense. They are relying on finally getting CBs correct in the draft. The Packers are relying on putting up 40 points a game…because they will need to.

    ————

    Also the fact that Rodgers doesn’t throw to the TE. He hasn’t for years, even with good ones.

    The Packers have drafted young corners every year in the first round, for soo many years and yet have fielded a bottom unit defense.

    The three receivers will probably be good, because Rodgers can make any Receiver look good. I don’t know anything about Pettine so I can’t say anything about him.

    The Pack will be good, but for the reason’s we know. Rodgers can score 30 points or more in any game. If their defense can be average instead of bad they will be a tough team to beat.

  20. Ryan says:
    August 23, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    The Lions have 4 rings…Browns have rings as well. Not every team has zero history like the Vikings.

    ———–

    Nobody cares about any of those pre-Super Bowl “championships”. 8 teams filled with fat, cigarette-smoking white guys (most of which had regular jobs) took turns passing a trophy around. ROFL.

  21. chris1cat says:
    August 23, 2018 at 8:09 am

    Not for long
    ____________

    The last time the Vikings even played in a a title game Elvis was still performing.

    Some people consider would that a long time…

  22. carlpanzramwasatypicalminnesotan says:
    August 23, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    Wait…let me get this straight…

    The Packers have added:

    Jimmy Graham
    Maurice Wilkerson
    Marcedes Lewis
    Maurice Wilkerson
    Three speedy tall wide receivers
    Tramon Williams
    Two of the top five cornerbacks in the draft
    Mike Pettine
    Joe Philbin
    ________

    Not to mention Maurice Wilkerson.

  23. Hahaha

    You’ll see. Lateral move?

    Dear lord.

    The last time the Packers had a TE that was this athletic was the year they went 15-1. Finley was used extensively. Adding Tramon Williams to the defense, plus adding Wilkerson to an already impressive defensive line (not to mention getting Montravius Adams and Kevin King back from injuries that marred their rookie seasons, and the defense is going to make strides.

    Also, read up on Rodgers’ thoughts on the Packers defense under Pettine. If he is getting tricked on which rusher is coming, Cousins will too.

  24. mnwhizzinator says:

    August 23, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    Nobody cares about any of those pre-Super Bowl “championships”. 8 teams filled with fat, cigarette-smoking white guys (most of which had regular jobs) took turns passing a trophy around. ROFL.

    ——————————————————————————–

    The only people that “don’t care” about the pre-Superbowl era are fans of teams that have no winning history to speak of. The pre-Superbowl era is when the culture of winning was established for many of today’s great teams – the teams that don’t bother handing division championship banners in their stadiums. Come back and troll after your team has won 4 or 5 championships. Until then, your team is irrelevant. Deal with it.

  25. stellarperformance says:
    August 23, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Next Man Up.

    ÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷

    How did that philosophy work for the Packers with Hundley last year?

  26. @madtown Dan,

    No oone cares because the game was different then, about 2/3rds of the league’s teams didn’t exist, and you pick and choose which ones you count as championships which just makes the whole list invalid. The Vikings did win the NFL championship, at that time the NFL and AFL were separate LEAGUES, not separate conference within the same league. They only later retroactively called the game between the leagues a superbowl. But again, we don’t care. And if you really want to go down that road, then you’ll have to accept that the Gophers are the better College Football team than the Badgers since the Gophers have won a national title.

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