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Hicks’ Position Flexibility Helped Vikings On Sunday

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 13, 2009 – 9:10 am

Rookie RT Phil Loadholt missed Sunday’s game against the Rams because of an ankle injury but he told the Star Tribune that he’s confident he’ll be able to give the ankle a go during practice on Wednesday.

Starting in Loadholt’s place on Sunday was veteran swingman Artis Hicks. Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said Hicks did a “nice job,” especially for not having practiced in the RT spot for much of the week.

“With only having Friday as a full practice at the right tackle position,” Childress said, “I thought he did a nice job for being on that side. He is a natural left sided guy, left handed guy. I thought he did a nice job for lining up there.”

Childress dealt for Hicks after he took the job in Minnesota because the 2 were familiar with each from their time in Philadelphia together and because of Hicks’ tremendous position flexibility. Hicks can play 4 positions along the line.

“About the only thing he is not studying is the center position because Ryan Cook is a guy that we would typically have up and slide into that spot (center),” Childress explained. “Artis has got to have a feel for a right-hand and left-hand. He’s got to know the personnel along the front, right-handed and left-handed. He has to know how we are blocking plays right-handed and left-handed.”


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2 Responses to “Hicks’ Position Flexibility Helped Vikings On Sunday”

  1. By Fogman on Oct 13, 2009 | Reply

    “About the only thing he is not studying is the center position because Ryan Cook is a guy that we would typically have up and slide into that spot (center),” Childress explained.

    Everytime I say “Ryan Cook” the hair on the back of my neck stands up. Without him we’re 5-0, let’s keep it that way.

  2. By PurplePeopleEater on Oct 13, 2009 | Reply

    Don’t knock down cook too much. His biggest flaw was false starts. Outside of those, he was still an acceptable tackle, and is a solid backup. I can only assume that *if* we need to throw him in at center, his false starts would not happen nearly so much because he’d be the one snapping the ball. I expect that he has worked on improving his discipline in this area as well, or else we would have kept Lichtensteiner on the active roster as the backup.

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