What you need to know about the new Vikings Starting Guard
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— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 20, 2019
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The Minnesota Vikings just agreed to terms with Offensive Lineman Josh Kline who was recently released by the Tennessee Titans. Kline struggled last year with an undisclosed injury that took place in Week 7 against the Chargers. He didn’t end up missing any games but did miss some practice time. He ended up being the 50th ranked guard via PFF last season with a 58.0 Grade in 2018.
Before signing with Tennessee in 2016, Kline spent 3 seasons with the Patriots where he started 18 games. Kline has appeared in 79 games allowing just 10.5 sacks total. In 2018, Kline allowed 3 sacks, but with that undisclosed injury it’s really tough to gauge how he would have actually performed if fully healthy.
Here's video of new #Vikings guard Josh Kline, courtesy of our Nashville friends @WKRN. Jets were among other teams that tried to get Kline in for a visit — lots of Jets-MN storylines the last year! Kline just about doubles his 2018 salary. Worked out pretty well being let go. pic.twitter.com/bwjdHfbDCW
— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) March 20, 2019
In 2017, Kline started all 16 games for Tennessee and allowed just 1 sack. To put it more into perspective, Remmers and Compton each allowed 6 sacks last season for the Vikings… so it is clear that Kline could end up being a considerable upgrade if he stays healthy. With new OL Coach Rick Dennison in the building I would think he had a hand in choosing this guy to fit his scheme, and hopefully knows he can maximize Kline’s potential on the field.[/et_pb_text][et_pb_code _builder_version=”3.19.14″]
Quick cutup on Josh Kline (former Titans' RG), since the Vikings are interested:
• The good: Pass blocks well 1-on-1. Picks up stunts well. Has tools for OZ (quick, can reach & block in space)
• The bad: Can lose early. Lacks oomph. Run blocking needs work & will be a project pic.twitter.com/e8lMLK9DOp
— Nick Olson (@NickOlsonNFL) March 19, 2019
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