When the Minnesota Vikings used the 18th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft on center Garrett Bradbury, the hope was that he would be able to step in and immediately make an impact for an offensive line that desperately needed an injection of talent. According to at least one prominent member of the team, it appears that things are going in the right direction.
Tight end Kyle Rudolph recently told Pro Football Talk that young Bradbury has looked outstanding thus far in camp, and that he’s got a pretty good barometer to use to monitor his progress.
“He’s really, really intelligent,” Rudolph said via ProFootballTalk. “But he’s a great athlete and he fits our scheme perfectly. Going up against guys like [defensive tackle] Linval Joseph is a pretty good barometer of how you’ll match up in this league and he’s more than held his own.”
I know that it’s practice and that things are going to be different once he’s seeing guys that aren’t his teammates, but the fact that Bradbury is holding up just fine against someone of Joseph’s caliber is definitely a promising early development. Hopefully that means that the installation of the new blocking scheme that the Vikings are using this season is going this well for the rest of the offensive linemen as well.
We’re less than three weeks away from the start of Training Camp, so soon we’ll get our own opportunity to see how well Bradbury is holding up against Joseph and the rest of the Vikings’ tenacious defense.
(Hat tip to The Vikings Wire for the quote, as that’s where I saw this first.)