Loadholt Receives Positive Reviews From Bevell

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 17, 2009 – 4:08 pm

Much attention was paid to Vikings 1st round pick Percy Harvin as he made his regular season NFL debut in Cleveland last weekend. Harvin had a profound impact on the game, hauling in a 6-yard TD reception and accumulating 157 all-purpose yards on 8 touches.

But there was another 1st day pick who had an impact on the game as well. Phil Loadholt, taken in the 2nd round last April, played in his 1st NFL regular season game and got the start at RT. Without sitting down next to a coach or scout in the film room, it appears Loadholt performed well, considering Adrian Peterson rushed for 180 yards and 3 scores and the Vikings offense scored 30 total points.

Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell indicated on Thursday while meeting with reporters that Loadholt indeed had a good first outing.

“He’s a rookie, under those circumstances – starting a game on the road, his first NFL start – I think he did a nice job,” Bevell said. “He competed in there; he’s a physical guy, he’s a giant man.”

Loadholt’s size, as Bevell referenced, gives him the potential to be a truly dominant lineman in the NFL. And the good news for the Vikings, according to Bevell, is that Loadholt doesn’t seem to be the type of player who will rely simply on his size to do the work. He’s willing to put in the extra effort on a play-to-play basis.

“What I really like about him is he finishes plays,” Bevell explained. “You watch some of those tapes [and] you can see him downfield trying to get that extra block. That’s what I like about him.”

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4 Responses to “Loadholt Receives Positive Reviews From Bevell”

  1. By Shaggz on Sep 17, 2009 | Reply

    I think Loadholt did a fantastic job for a rookie and a great job for a football player. It is wonderful to watch him play and know that he is only going to become better with each game. You can really notice a difference when he is not in the game and to me that makes him a playmaker. There are more than a few NFL players who could do well by ripping a page from his book. I hope Brett has saved some of his paycheck to buy food for this guy.

  2. By Sam Monson on Sep 17, 2009 | Reply – grades every player on a play-by-play basis – agrees. They gave Loadholt a positive grade too, and a mention in their quick hits roundup.

  3. By purplehorn on Sep 17, 2009 | Reply

    Load was a great draft choice because Oklahoma runs the football. AP needed somebody to open up off right tackle more so our tendencies aren’t telegraphed to the obvious left side every play. I think this kid will be better than Korey Stringer and that is saying something. Miss big 77 still. Loadholt is going to be a huge plus down the stretch ( God Lord willin and the creek don’t rise)

  4. By vikingfan1955 on Sep 17, 2009 | Reply

    the clevelan win was a team effort and that guy james that said this is favres team needs a brain operation.This ap’s team then u have allen,the williams,hutchinson,and winfield.favre is just the final piece of the puzzle.As of now all favre did is manage the team and not turn the ball over.I’m all for favre but the getting to camp so late shows in the way he’s not hitting the recievers the way he normally does.He will as time goes on and this still won’t be his team.Evryone felt that would be the case but I never have .Harvin is just getting started and when berrian is 100% and favre can get all 3 recievers the ball I include rice we will be the most dangerous offense in the league bar none.

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