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Over at Vikings.com there is an update on OTAs today, that includes some info on offensive line personnel and positions for practice this morning. Here is the line-up:

First Team

LT: Riley Reiff

LG: Alex Boone

C: Nick Easton

RG: Joe Berger

RT: Mike Remmers

Second Team

LT: Rashod Hill

LG: Jeremiah Sirles

C: Pat Elflein

RG: Zac Kerin

RT: TJ Clemmings

Perhaps a little surprising Elflein isn’t working with the first team, but I’m sure that will happen at some point when he is fully up-to-speed on everything. Easton also played some reps at center last year, so giving him an early opportunity makes some sense. Other than that, no surprises on the first team.

The second team is interesting though. Perhaps not huge surprises anywhere- all existing players from last year with the exception of Elflein at center. Rashod Hill at LT is definitely a nod in his direction after a good start to end the season last year, and I suspect the backup LT position is his to lose.

Sirles at LG is not entirely surprising either, given he filled in for Boone last year when he was injured, and could be a sign that’s where they want him to be going forward.

Zac Kerin at RG is a little surprising, and somehow I don’t think that will last, but it fits with having basically existing players rather than rookies take the 2nd team spots.

And TJ Clemmings is back at RT. It’ll be interesting to see if he shows improvement, or is challenged for that spot by a new-comer.

Early Kick-Return Competition as Well

Apparently the Vikings practiced kick returns this morning as well, and had Jerick McKinnon, Marcus Sherels, Rodney Adams and Dalvin Cook back to return kicks.

I suspect Sherels to be the early favorite, but Dalvin Cook would certainly be interesting as a kick returner. Doubt they put him there if he’s the lead RB though. McKinnon is an interesting candidate too, and I kinda hope he can overtake Sherels. Rodney Adams has the most at stake with this competition, as his place on the roster may hinge on what he can do on special teams.