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30.05.2019, 07:45
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Don't Sleep on Vikings OL Josh Andrews When Josh Andrews was picked up by the Vikings during the off-season Latavius Murray Jersey , there wasn’t much fanfare. Great- a second-rate, backup, practice squad, free-agent offensive lineman - big deal.Andrews came from Philadelphia, so presumably new Vikings offense coordinator John DeFilippo must have liked what he saw in Andrews while he was there.Andrews, 27, was a backup center/guard in Philadelphia during his four years there - half of which were spent on the practice squad - including last season.All that doesn’t suggest much - on and off practice squad, only played in a couple games, never won a starting job.The big hurdle for Andrews was that he was playing behind Jason Kelce, who went to two Pro-Bowls and was a first-team All-Pro in three of Andrews’ four years with the Eagles.At left guard, where Andrews played at Oregon State George Iloka Jersey , there was less formidable competition after Evan Mathis left, but Allen Barbre and Stefan Wisniewski were the preferred veterans and played well for Eagles.That left Andrews with a Super Bowl ring but not much of a starting opportunity in Philly.Minnesota, by contrast, is the land of opportunity when it comes to the offensive line.I’m not sure how many offensive linemen have started for the Vikings over the past few years - but I’m gonna guess more than 20.And with Nick Easton on IR and Pat Elflein on the PUP list, a guy who can play both guard and center should have a decent opportunity.Especially as the only guy with any substantial playing experience vying for the left guard position is Tom Compton.So What Does Josh Andrews Bring to the Table?Andrews is 6’2”, 311 lbs. and as you can see a little from the picture, built like a tank - but also good athleticism.Against Denver Andrews played 40 snaps at center and 7 at left guard (at end of game) and was the highest graded offensive linemen for the Vikings according to Pro Football Focus (PFF).His grade for the Denver game is very representative of his career pre-season grade - low 80s (good) in pass protection and low-mid 70s (average) in run blocking.From what I can infer, his run blocking grade at left guard is a little better than at center over his career.Those grades are very competitive compared to his competition at left guard and center.Andrews also did well enough in preseason to beat out a former 3rd round pick for a roster spot in 2015.Andrews himself was undrafted in 2014.So, the Vikings and new OL coaches Andrew Janocko and Clancy Barone have something to work with in Josh Andrews, who showed well against the Broncos.It may be worthwhile for the Vikings to give Andrews some first/second team reps at left guard against the Jaguars - both in practices and in the pre-season game - to see how he does there before taking over at center for Edison. We are less than twenty-four hours away from kicking things off at MetLife Stadium for this Sunday’s contest between the New York Jets and your Minnesota Vikings. Both of these teams will be looking to extend their current winning streaks to three games, and as Eric detailed earlier this week Matt Wile Jersey , a win for Minnesota would be their first ever victory at the home of the Jets.So, how can you keep track of all the action this Sunday? Well, we’ve got all of that information right here for you in one place.Television InfoThis weekend’s game will be carried by FOX affiliates, which means KSTP-9 in the Twin Cities. Kickoff time is scheduled for noon Central time on Sunday afternoon, and the play-by-play combo for this one will be Thom Brennaman and Chris “Yes, I’m Rick’s brother” Spielman. If you are outside of the Twin Cities area and wondering if your local FOX affiliate will be carrying this one, you can check out the map below from 506 Sports. The Vikings/Jets game is shown in blue.If you are looking for this one on the DirecTV Sunday Ticket package, you’ll want to point the box to Channel 709.For our friends in the United Kingdom, this game will be aired on Sky Sports, specifically on Sky Sports Action. Kickoff time for those folks will be 6:00 PM UK time.As far as our men and women in uniform overseas, we’ve got some good news and some bad news. The good news is that the American Forces Network will actually be showing this week’s game! The bad news is. . .well Rashod Hill Jersey , you’ll have to wait for a Monday morning replay because they won’t be airing it live. Kickoff is scheduled for 0700Z on Monday, which translates to 0800L for everyone in Central Europe, 1030L for viewers in Afghanistan, and 1500L for fans in Japan and Korea.Radio InfoIf you’re not going to be anywhere near a television for this one, you’ll be able to hear the call from Paul Allen and Pete Bercich on the Vikings Radio Network. That link goes to a list of Vikings Radio Network affiliates across the Upper Midwest. See if yours will be carrying the game. There are a couple of other places you can find it online as well, including the TuneIn radio service as well as the KFAN site (if you’re on a desktop or laptop computer only. . .it won’t work on phones or tablets).For those that have satellite radio, you can find the Vikings Radio Network feed on Sirius Channel 106. If you have XM Radio, you can hear the game on XM Channel 231, but be advised that feed is going to be the Jets’ radio announcers. If you’re using the SiriusXM Online App, the Vikings’ permanent home there is Channel 819.Referee InfoPer the good folks at Football Zebras, the officiating crew for this week’s contest will be headed up by Shawn Smith. This is Smith’s first season as a lead official Tom Compton Jersey , and his first contest involving the Minnesota Vikings in that capacity.Weather InfoAccording to our friends at WeatherNation, it looks like tomorrow is going to be cool and a bit on the breezy side in East Rutherford. They’re looking for some rain overnight and into the early hours of Sunday morning, but that will clear up by game time. Temperatures at kickoff are forecast to be in the mid-40s, with winds coming out of the northwest at 15-20 miles per hour. It appears those conditions will persist throughout Sunday’s game.Streaming InfoThere are several legal subscription services that are available in order to stream the game legally. Among them are, USTVNow, and Sling TV. If you’re overseas, your best bet is going to be NFL GamePass.Since it has recently been brought up, I want to make it perfectly clear that streams from Reddit or other places are not. . .I repeat, not. . .legal. If you’d like to argue about that, you can argue it somewhere else, because the moderators won’t listen to that garbage. Until Reddit Dan Bailey Jersey , or anywhere else, has a deal with the National Football League, those streams are illegal and not welcome to be put up on this site. If you want to use them, go find them on your own and don’t be plastering them in the comments section here unless you’d rather not be in the comments of the Game Thread. . .or any other thread. . .here at DN.That should be all of the information you need in order to keep track of all the action from MetLife Stadium between the Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets on Sunday afternoon. We’ll have our Open Thread for the first quarter up about an hour before kickoff or so, and we hope that you’ll join us here for all of the fun!
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