Vikings Show Confidence In Young Guards With the Release Of Jones

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Minnesota Vikings' Brett Jones (61) practices at the NFL football teams practice facility in Eagen, Minn., Monday, Aug. 27, 2018. Vikings center Pat Elflein was held out of the entire preseason while rehabbing from ankle and shoulder surgeries, putting his availability for the opener in doubt. If he's not cleared to play, either Brett Jones or Danny Isidora would snap the ball to Kirk Cousins. (Brian Peterson/Star Tribune via AP)
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The Vikings completed the signing of former Redskinswide receiver Josh Doctson by releasing backup center Brett Jones. The move is quite a head scratcher for most fans , considering the interior offensive line was the weakest part of the team coming into the 2019 season.

Jones has experience at both guard and center, but wasn’t in the greatest fit for the Vikings new scheme as he struggled to pull and get to the second level. Despite those facts, he had a terrific preseason and looked like a lock for the 53-man roster. He also earned a PFF grade over ninety for his performances. 

It’s no secret that starting left guard Pat Elflein somewhat struggled in the preseason, so a move like this suggest the Vikings are pleased with their depth. This means backup guards Dakota Dozier and Dru Samia are ready to have their number called if needed . Dozier showed flexibility to play both guard and tackle, and Samia showed growth throughout each and every preseason game. 

All eyes will be on the Vikings’ offensive line this coming Sunday as the team gears up to face Pro Bowl DT Grady Jarrett and the Atlanta Falcons in the regular season opener.

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    The Vikings completed the signing of former Redskinswide receiver Josh Doctson by releasing backup center Brett Jones. The move is quite a head scratc
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    Poor Brett Jones! He graded out great in the pre-season and I still don’t get why they didn’t use him at guard last season (even though he’s more of a center (or move Elflein over and give him the center spot, so they could.. you know, not have the two worst guards in the league on either side of Elflein?)). I was surprised he re-signed considering how badly he was treated and they do this?

    That having been said. LOVE this move, the Doctson move. It can only mean good things! He has a history with Cousins, can get down the field and could be like an upgrade to what Aldrick Robinson did last year (which was astounding). Man, that’s a killer 1-2-3 at WR, and considering Beebe struggled in the pre-season, and Beasti Johnson is still fresh, it gives them another much needed option!

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    I think Jones is back after week one when contracts are more friendly ~ I was kick of shocked it wasn’t one of the young DT or Brandon Dillon ~

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    Hey, the Giants gave us Jones for little. The dude’s not a world beater. if Rick Dennison lets him go, he can’t be vital. Sorry.

    If Dozier and Samia are pulling their weight then we’ve got depth. I’m just worried about O-Neill.

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