For most of the season, the new Minnesota Vikings Head coach Kevin O’Connell made it clear that four of the five spots on the offensive line are set and only the right guard position is occupied. After a few weeks of training camp, however, that may no longer be the case.
O’Connell says there is still competition at the center. Bradbury said he’s been good in the run game, but admitted to some struggles in pass protection. He believes he is strong enough but needs consistently better technique.
— Mark Craig (@markcraignfl) August 6, 2022
Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune (among others) said O’Connell on Saturday. it is.Actually, a race between incumbent Garrett Bradbury and others, especially free agent signings Chris Reid and Austin Schlottman.
On the other hand, Kevin Seifert says O’Connell is “not worried” about Bradbury, but suggests there is some room for improvement.
O’Connell isn’t worried about Bradbury, but made it clear there is improvement to be made. Extras coming after practice after power is restored in the media room. Thunder!!
— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) August 6, 2022
So far, the story about Bradbury seems to be the same as it was during his first three years in Minnesota. He’s great as a run blocker, especially when he can get into space a bit, but he’s getting beat up a lot in pass protection.
The Vikings declined to pick up Bradbury’s fifth-year option earlier this offseason, so Bradbury is essentially playing for his next contract, whether it’s with Minnesota or another team (the latter seems more likely at this point). Reed has never played under center in a regular-season game, and Schlottman has only started at that position once in his career, but both are using him to push Bradbury. . .or, able, replace it.
I don’t think this comes as a big surprise or anything. Again, Bradbury had his moments, but they were few and far between. Since the new regime doesn’t have any strong ties to Bradbury, if they think there’s another player who can improve on what Bradbury has to offer, they can bench him.
Of course, we still have a bit of camp and three preseason games to go here, but Garrett Bradbury doesn’t look promising going forward at this point.