When the Vikings opened up this morning’s organized team activity to the media, we got our first look at the team’s revamped offensive line.
While right tackle Phil Loadholt was limited to individual drills as he works his way back from a torn pectoral, guard Brandon Fusco has recovered from his torn pectoral enough to line up with the first team.
And during this first week of OTAs, he has been lining up at a new spot.
Fusco was at left guard today, sandwiched between left tackle Matt Kalil and center John Sullivan. Rookie T.J. Clemmings was at Fusco’s old right guard spot next to Mike Harris, who is keeping the right tackle position warm for Loadholt.
So why was Fusco moved from right guard to left?
While conceding that playing Fusco next to Kalil should help out Kalil, head coach Mike Zimmer said the Vikings made the switch mostly for Clemmings, who played right tackle in college.
“It was really about putting him over there, putting Clemmings on the right side and making it easier for him as opposed to moving over to the other side,” Zimmer said. “We know that Fusco can always move back if we plug somebody else in at left guard.”
Zimmer said the plan for now is to keep Fusco at left guard and Clemmings, a fourth-round pick this spring, at right guard. But as Zimmer said, that is subject to change if the reconfigured line isn’t working out this spring.
“We want to leave guys alone,” he said. “We don’t want to move them all around all over the place. So we’re going to leave him there for right now.”