Vikings install rookie Garrett Bradbury as starting center

AP

There was little doubt from the moment he became a first-round pick. There is no doubt now.

Rookie first-rounder Garrett Bradbury will become the Vikings’ starting center.

“Oh yeah, that is where he’s going to be, and hopefully he will stay there for a long time,” Vikings assistant head coach and offensive adviser Gary Kubiak said recently, via Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Immediately after the Vikings selected Bradbury with the 18th overall pick, some thought that Bradbury would play guard, and that Pat Elflein would remain at center. It has since become clear that Bradbury will indeed play center, and that Elflein will move.

“He is doing great,” Kubiak said of Bradbury. “For a rookie to be put in there at center from Day One, it’s hard on him. But he is doing a good job.”

Elflein seems to be doing well, too.

“Pat has moved over to left guard and been a big-time pro, stepped in there and working really hard,” Kubiak said. “The guys are working good together.”

The Vikings are revamping their offensive scheme, embracing Kubiak’s zone blocking running attack that requires offensive linemen who can move, not simply push. And if it helps the Vikings move the ball on the ground better than they did in 2018, the Vikings could be back in the postseason when January rolls around.

24 responses to “Vikings install rookie Garrett Bradbury as starting center

  1. aypeeswhippingstick says:
    June 9, 2019 at 8:35 pm
    Can mannequins zone block? Tune in this fall as the Vikings find out!
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    As bad as the Vikings line was last year – Cousins was sacked less than Rodgers – plenty of OL help needed for your team as well or the poor injury prone sensitive one will be back on the shelf this year. But that will give you guys the excuses for Rodgers under performance you love to spew out regularly.

  2. It’s not often that a young player gets to hike the ball to the most overrated,overpaid QB in the league… good luck to him.

  3. Elfein-Bradbury-Samia-O’Neill.

    The magician might have fixed that oline, it’ll take a few years to gel yes. but the potential of those four starting together for the next decade is a distinct possibility.
    which is nice.

  4. 700levelvet says:
    June 9, 2019 at 8:45 pm
    It’s not often that a young player gets to hike the ball to the most overrated,overpaid QB in the league… good luck to him.
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    What are you talking about? Corey Linsley isn’t that young anymore!

  5. Considering the quality of play from last year’s starters, you could import the subway turnstiles from NYC and have an improved line. So the kid starts, big deal, now the question is can he play?

  6. This kid will be all-pro year 3.

    I forgot Kubiak is a zone blocking scheme advocate. Man, let the cut blocking begin. D-lineman get crippled defending their knees.

  7. He’s got to help that line. I can’t imagine it being as bad as last year’s line. Cousins can be a decent QB when he has blocking. Of course, they still need to shore up that right side.

  8. The Colts drafted 2 rookie pro bowlers and made the playoffs. Drafting Bradbury fixes 2 positions. He’s much bigger and stronger than Elflein who was manhandled at center. Elflein might not even start at guard with Kline & Samia.

  9. Seems the Vikes were genuinely thrilled Bradbury fell to #18 and he’s currently in the ‘sure thing’ category. Here’s hoping so, but we’ve heard it before. Like many fans I find the Stefanski/Kubiak experiment intriguing, but its been one tragedy after another for this team. If they can stay healthy it could be great. Time for this coach and this team to catch a break.

  10. This is to be expected when you get drafted at 18.Nothing but good reports on this guy from pre-draft on. Skol

  11. 700levelvet says:

    It’s not often that a young player gets to hike the ball to the most overrated,overpaid QB in the league… good luck to him.
    ###

    Did the Packers sign a rookie FA center to replace Lindsey in the last week? There is only one most overrated, overpaid QB in the league – and Aaron Rodgers was paid $80 million in the first year of his new deal that netted 6 wins. The same number of wins he had in his first year as a starter for the Packers.

    That’s $13.3333333333333 MILLION per win.

    Brett Hundley was only paid $671,000 for 3 wins in 2017, or only$223,667 per win, but he only started started 11 games.

    Maybe if the Packers had put Rodgers out to pasture and gave Hundley some coaching he probably would have produced more wins than Rodgers in 2018. It sure made no sense to replace Hundley (who has actually won NFL games) with Kizer who has more starts and no wins.

  12. Two things I like about this. 1…the intelligence and intangibles that Bradbury brings and 2…the influence of Kubiak on our offense. Now Zim can concentrate on Head Coaching and the Defense and not have to worry about, “…why aren’t we running the (expletive) ball more?”

  13. marvin1958 says:
    June 9, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    I forgot Kubiak is a zone blocking scheme advocate. Man, let the cut blocking begin. D-lineman get crippled defending their knees.
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    Cut blocking is illegal.

  14. It’s not often that a young player gets to hike the ball to the most overrated,overpaid QB in the league… good luck to him.

    ———————–

    Other than 58 passing yards, Cousins had better stats than Tom Brady last year. It ain’t on Kirk.

  15. I’m telling you Elflein will not make the starting 5. There are Vikings fans on here, like Rob Bernenski that act like they are the best thing since sliced bread that don’t know anything. It’s embarrassing. It’s easy to see who just looks at Stats but doesn’t see the actual game. Elflein has a bad work ethic. Zim has let that be known.

    Read this: https://www.dailynorseman.com/2019/3/27/18284116/why-pat-elflein-needs-serious-competition-at-center

  16. Okay, I read it. I noticed two important things. First, you quoted word for word from this article, so don’t act like you’re analyzing the game tape and determining how good each player is. You read an article by a random blogger and formed your opinion based on that. Second, there are no Zimmer quotes in this article. You keep saying that Zim has said that Elflein is no good. I still haven’t seen a single quote of that nature.

    By the way, if everyone who had a bad game in Week 17 against the Bears won’t be in the starting lineup this year, there will be no starting lineup.

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