Left tackle for the Vikings has no contention as far as offensive coordinator Clint Kubiak is concerned.
Rashod Hill started the first three games on the spot, but finished just 72nd out of 74 NFL tackles by Pro Football Focus. Rookie Christian Darissau, who was a favorite to start with a left tackle before suffering a back injury, has been a full-time participant in practice this week for the first time this season. But Kubiak said Hill would remain the starter entering Sunday’s game against Cleveland at US Bank Stadium.
“Rashod is our boy,” Kubiak said before Thursday’s practice. “Good to have Christian back in practice, he is getting better. He only has a few days, we have to prepare him and do it right. Really pleased with his progress.”
Darissau, who was ranked 23rd in the first round, missed the first week of training camp and after a week of practice was sidelined on 12 August due to a medical procedure. Darissau returned to practice on 6 September. A limited basis before being a full participant in the exercise on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
“He’s got a lot to do,” Kubiak said to Darissau. “He’s dealing with everything he can control.”
crowd makes a difference
Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks said the vigorous home crowd made up “100 percent” of the difference in their 30-17 home win over Seattle last Sunday.
The Vikings had their first regular season game with fans in the home opener against the Seahawks, after there were no fans at US Bank Stadium in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was the first of three straight games at home.
“It makes things a little bit harder for the quarterback to communicate,” Kendrick said of the loud home crowd coming back. “It makes it hard for them to hear our adjustments, our play calls and things like that. Last year, a lot of times you’d have the quarterback listen to what we’re saying and make adjustments based on that, so it’s that way. Was unfair. Now, the homefield advantage is real. We have to take advantage of it, especially with our crowd.”
Former LSU Stars Fight
Vikings star receiver Justin Jefferson is good friends with Brown star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Jefferson played at LSU from 2017–19 and Beckham was at the school from 2011–13 as teammates with Jefferson’s brother, quarterback Jordan Jefferson.
“I know Odell really well,” Jefferson said. “We’re like brothers. We never trained together, but we were always close, hanging out together several times. Definitely cut it a few times.”
Jefferson, 22, said he grew up admiring Beckham, 28.
“I was always watching him during games and practice, so I was definitely a big fan of him growing up,” he said.
Former Vikings star defensive end Jared Allen is looking to take the next step in becoming an Olympian this weekend.
Allen is competing with Team Bir in a U.S. Olympic curling team qualification tournament that begins Thursday and moves to Sunday in Warrensville Heights, Ohio, outside of Cleveland. The winning team will earn a berth for the U.S. Olympic Trials for curling in Omaha, Neb., on November 12-21.
“We’ve got a good draw, so we’ve got a chance,” Allen said. He said it would be “best” if his team played the 2022 Olympics in Beijing.