Garrett Bradbury at center, Pat Elflein at guard for Vikings

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When the Vikings made Garrett Bradbury their first-round pick last month, word from the team was that they had not decided if Bradbury would be playing center or guard as pro.

It appears they’ve made their choice. Bradbury played center at North Carolina State and lined up there with the media watching at Wednesday organized team activity.

Pat Elflein had been the starting center, but he’s now at left guard.

“I’m just focusing on left guard,” Elflein said, via the Pioneer Press. “It feels great. I played there in college. That was always one of my things. Just being able to play both positions.”

In addition to a new spot, Elflein will be getting used to a new zone blocking scheme under offensive line coach Rick Dennison. Elflein said it’s “a lot of fun and I think it’s going to work,” which would be a welcome change from some recent offensive line performances in Minnesota.

12 responses to “Garrett Bradbury at center, Pat Elflein at guard for Vikings

  1. Position flexibility is a good thing.

    Both Bradbury and Elflein can play center and guard.

    I expect an improvement in the Oline play with these two and either Kline or Samia in the other guard slot.

  2. The Vikings needed good interior linemen coming out of the draft. I think it was also important to get the right type of players. Bradbury and Samia seam to have a mean streak and attitude the Vikings have been lacking on the line. It will be fun to watch.

  3. Depending on a rookie center to be great right away is foolish. We are going to get killed week 2 in Green Bay. Have you seen the Packers roster on defense lately? We are not going to luck into a tie this year, it will be a slaughter. I am just hoping we can be competitive in the second game against Green Bay at the Bank.

    Titans fans say Josh Kline is horrible. This from a Titans beat writer: “One player in particular who had a difficult time last season was guard Josh Kline. When Pro Football Focus released it’s season review for the Titans, it was mentioned that Kline was one of the most lowly ranked at his position in the league.” Great signing Spielman.

    We could be depending on 2 rookies this season. Samia, a 4th rounder and Bradbury. This could get real ugly again.

  4. Bradbury is a true center, the same couldn’t be said about Elflein, Hopefully guard will be his better position.

  5. Kline & Samia will be the guards. Elflein won’t make the starting 5. He will be a serviceable replacement though & will play much better 2 years removed from his injuries. He needs to hit the weight room harder. Elflein has a rep in the building as not being a hard worker.

  6. He sounds like a good one. Some friends from NC State say he’s the real deal.

  7. During last year’s short off season Elflein had two surgeries. He had a down year because of it. Pat never made any excuses I expect Pat returns to form this season because of a full off season without surgeries.Everyone that covers the game says Bradbury is a stud. Both these things with the addition to the new OL coach should improve the line play in 2019.

  8. freefromwhatyouare says:
    May 23, 2019 at 5:55 am
    Depending on a rookie center to be great right away is foolish. We are going to get killed week 2 in Green Bay. Have you seen the Packers roster on defense lately? We are not going to luck into a tie this year, it will be a slaughter. I am just hoping we can be competitive in the second game against Green Bay at the Bank.

    Titans fans say Josh Kline is horrible. This from a Titans beat writer: “One player in particular who had a difficult time last season was guard Josh Kline. When Pro Football Focus released it’s season review for the Titans, it was mentioned that Kline was one of the most lowly ranked at his position in the league.” Great signing Spielman.

    We could be depending on 2 rookies this season. Samia, a 4th rounder and Bradbury. This could get real ugly again
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  9. freefromwhatyouare says:
    May 23, 2019 at 5:55 am

    Depending on a rookie center to be great right away is foolish. We are going to get killed week 2 in Green Bay. Have you seen the Packers roster on defense lately? We are not going to luck into a tie this year, it will be a slaughter. I am just hoping we can be competitive in the second game against Green Bay at the Bank.

    Titans fans say Josh Kline is horrible. This from a Titans beat writer: “One player in particular who had a difficult time last season was guard Josh Kline. When Pro Football Focus released it’s season review for the Titans, it was mentioned that Kline was one of the most lowly ranked at his position in the league.” Great signing Spielman.

    We could be depending on 2 rookies this season. Samia, a 4th rounder and Bradbury. This could get real ugly again.

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    This is so cute Packer fans gripping and we are not even done with OTAs in May. I believe Elflein played a lot of center his rookie year if I can remember right. The Vikings rooster is pretty stacked right now with talented either developed or in development. I like the idea of the zone blocking scheme and always have, it helps the running game so much when linemen can get to the second level which Bradbury can. Let’s not forget about Irv Smith either – double tight end sets! I think the Vikings will match up really good in all areas against the division. Cousins may not be as good as Rodgers, but that’s all about the Packers have. Vikings D will take car of A A Ron……..DRACARYS!

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