Vikings waive Pat Elflein

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In the same week Vikings guard Pat Elflein returned from injured reserve, he was shown the door.

The Vikings have waived Elflein, via Ian Rapport of NFL Media.

A third-round pick in 2017 for whom the Vikings traded up, Elflein became the starting center as a rookie. He suffered a broken ankle in the NFC Championship game.

In 2019, the Vikings moved Elflein to left guard after drafting center Garrett Bradbury in round one. In 2020, Elflein moved to right guard.

The release of Elflein, who was in the final year of his rookie contract, means that rookie Ezra Cleveland will continue to serve as the starting right guard.

16 responses to “Vikings waive Pat Elflein

  1. It’s amazing it takes Zimmer, Spielman and company 2+ extra years to figure out what even the most casual fans knew a long time ago.

  2. Now it can be told that was drafted several rounds too early for what he was able to offer, however with injuries. Speillman did the same thing with C.Ponder, following impulses when the need was strong. I wish him well. Happy to disappoint bears defensive tackles for Monday! They can stop licking their chops!

  3. Now it can be told that he was drafted several rounds too early for what he was able to offer, however with injuries. Speilman did the same thing with C.Ponder, following impulses when the need was strong. I wish him well. Happy to disappoint Bears defensive tackles for Monday! They can stop licking their chops!

  4. Some team will sign him for depth. The Jaguars could probably use him. Their O-Line is so bad he’s probably better than anyone they have.

  5. highdimension2015 says:
    November 14, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    Now it can be told that was drafted several rounds too early for what he was able to offer, however with injuries. Speillman did the same thing with C.Ponder, following impulses when the need was strong.
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    This is revisionist history. Elflein had a great rookie year for a third-round pick. Most mock drafts had him going in the second round. Elflein broke his ankle at the end of his rookie season and also had a shoulder problem. He missed the whole offseason and the first three regular season games. He hasn’t been the same since those injuries. I don’t know how you blame Spielman for drafting a promising player whose career was derailed by injuries.

  6. Just don’t understand how Spielman can repeatedly fail to find, draft, or trade for decent offensive lineman.

  7. Used up on the rookie deal and discarded by the Vikings. Lets hope he lands on a good team and contributes like a 1st rounder

  8. He definitely seems like a quality player that just needs to be coached up.
    Maybe going to a more experienced team with a winning culture would help.
    Good luck, young man.

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