If it were 2012 the Vikings would have an amazing offensive line


We're only two weeks from the start of Vikings' training camp in Mankato, and with that we'll begin to learn more and more about an offensive line the Vikings are hoping shows dramatic improvements from last year.


Teddy Bridgewater was an immense amount of pressure last season, and to plug those leaking holes in the line the Vikings used free agency to sign guard Alex Boone and tackle Andre Smith. The projected starting offensive line this coming season is:

  • LT – Matt Kalil
  • LG – Brandon Fusco
  • C – John Sullivan
  • RG – Alex Boone
  • RT – Andre Smith

Pro Football Focus made this fun note about that projected lineup: "The Minnesota offensive line has two first-team players and one second-team player from the 2012 PFF All-Pro Team."

And with that, it's boom or bust for the line in 2016. PFF explains:

"The Vikings own one of the most interesting offensive-line situations in the NFL. They have John Sullivan and Phil Loadholt returning from injury, and added Alex Boone (49ers) and Andre Smith (Bengals) via free agency. Most of their projected starters peaked anywhere from two to four years ago. If some combination of these players return to the high form they once exhibited, this can easily become a top-five unit. If that revival doesn’t occur, however, this will likely be a below-average line in 2016."

Again, this is assuming the offensive line actually looks like that. Joe Berger, Phil Loadholt and T.J. Clemmings could have plenty to say if they outperform any of the projected starters. In March, head coach Mike Zimmer said Boone is likely the only lock to be a starter.


Next Up

Screen Shot 2021-09-16 at 6.56.30 PM

Severe thunderstorm watch issued for central MN, part of Twin Cities

A line of storms is making its way across the state.

Flickr - Enbridge Line 3 Palisade - Lorie Shaull

DNR orders Enbridge to pay $3.32M over Line 3 environmental violations

The pipeline company breached a groundwater aquifer, causing water to flow uncontrolled into a trench.

Eric Kendricks

Eric Kendricks misses practice, lands on injury report

The star linebacker headlines a lengthy list ahead of Week 2.

WIkimedia commons covid vaccine moderna

3 Twin Cities counties reach 16+ vaccination rate of 80%

More than 8 in 10 residents of that age group have gotten at least one dose.

Flickr - Burlington store exterior -

New Burlington location opens in Minneapolis Friday

To celebrate, the company is donating $50K to a neighborhood group and nearby school.

Top Ten Liquors Minnetonka rendering

Top Ten Liquors plans another Twin Cities location

The high-end wine bar and grocery space would take over a former Champps.

London Michael Bean go fund me

Teen charged with fatal shooting of 12-year-old London Bean

A warrant has been issued for the 18-year-old's arrest.

Minnesota Wild

Wild announce national TV broadcast schedule

The Wild will have 13 games nationally televised this season

suni lee

St. Paul's Suni Lee named to Time's list of 100 Most Influential People

Lee won three medals at the Tokyo Olympics, including an all-around gold.

Dunn County WI homicide suspect

1 arrested in quadruple killing, with 'armed and dangerous' suspect at large

The four victims were found in an abandoned SUV in rural Wisconsin.

Screen Shot 2020-06-15 at 7.11.05 AM

Rape, incest suspect from Indiana is caught in St. Cloud

The 40-year-old was found in an apartment building.

Rep Tim Miller mn leg

MN rep calls upholding of TX abortion law 'great news for America'

Rep. Tim Miller also outlined a new abortion-related bill he plans to introduce.