ShAMELESS PLUGS and other stuff
When the Vikings offensive linemen assembled for their position group meetings this spring, among those who squeezed into seats were seven oversized newcomers.
There was also a familiar face that popped in much more than it had in the past.
“I want them to know I’ve got their back, so I’m going to sit in there with them,” said fourth-year head coach Mike Zimmer, who has resolved to be more involved with the offense this year. “I want them to know they’re my guys.”
So far, after 12 unpadded practices, Zimmer likes what he sees from his guys. On Thursday, after the Vikings wrapped up their offseason workout program with the third and final practice of a mandatory minicamp, he gushed about that group.
Zimmer loves the quiet intensity and constant effort that Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers, the two tackles the Vikings splurged for in free agency, brought to the practice field. He is pleased by the performance of draft picks Pat Elflein and Danny Isidora. And he also gave positive shout-outs to young veterans Nick Easton and Rashod Hill.
But, he says, “The proof in the pudding is all going to come out in training camp.”
That, of course, is when the pads get strapped on, giving a talented Vikings defensive front the green light to make those hot afternoon practices in Mankato torture for the offense. Zimmer and the Vikings, who could have as many as three new starters up front, then will get a much better idea of how much better the line has gotten.
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