Week 4 players to Watch

Posted On: 08/11/20 11:07 AM

The lifeblood of any offense is the offensive line. No group has more impact on an offense’s success than the line. I think it is more likely for a team to overcome poor quarterback play than poor offensive line play. I only have to think back to the Minnesota Vikings and Adrian Peterson’s near record-breaking season of 2012. Peterson rushed for over 2,000 yards behind his offensive line and made the playoffs – with Christian Ponder at quarterback. Ponder was out of the league two years later.

Two of the most significant factors in solid offensive line play are – of course – talent, but almost as important is cohesion. There will be plenty of talent on these offensive lines, but they also have experience playing together.

Note: Returning starters have been determined by my best guess relying on video from the 2019 season and 2019 rosters. The rankings used are from prepredzone.com’s most recent rankings for all players in the 2021 and 2022 classes in Minnesota.

Annandale Cardinals

The Cardinals return four starters from last season’s state semi-final team. This group blocked for an offense that scored over 40 or more points six times. The offensive line should be

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