Versatile Veteran Hicks Steps In For Herrera

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 30, 2009 – 7:55 am

Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress told reporters after Sunday’s game that he can’t recall coaching a more versatile player in his career than rookie WR Percy Harvin. But it was another versatile player on Sunday who did his job and allowed other versatile players, such as Harvin, to rack up yards and points.

G Artis Hicks, an 8-year veteran who was acquired by the Vikings from Philadelphia the same year Childress came to Minnesota from the Eagles, stepped into the starting lineup on Sunday in place of Anthony Herrera, who was held out due to a concussion sustained in last week’s win over the Seahawks. The Vikings offense didn’t miss a beat with Hicks in the fold, racking up 537 nets yards – 159 of them on the ground – and allowing just 1.0 sack.

“I thought he did a good job,” Childress said of Hicks after the game. “He had Tommie Harris in there lined up as a three technique. He is a jack of all trades. He doesn’t flinch. He’s started right tackle, he’s started right guard, he started on the over side, so he’s a valuable guy and there is nobody on that team that thinks twice about him going in there.”

When the Vikings acquired Hicks several years back, Childress recalled a time when they were both in Philadelphia and Hicks was inserted into the starting lineup at LT only minutes before the game. LT is a premier position in football, of course, because you’re protecting the QBs blindside, and Hicks stepped into the starting LT position on a Monday Night Football game and the Eagles offense didn’t miss a beat.

During his time in Minnesota, Hicks has played several positions, including starting at LT last year in place of a suspended Bryant McKinnie. This year, Hicks has contributed significantly yet again.

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3 Responses to “Versatile Veteran Hicks Steps In For Herrera”

  1. By vikingfan1955 on Nov 30, 2009 | Reply

    thats whats so good about this team we have very good backup players and we have seen that when winfield went down,herrea,taylor,and so many more.This team is complete on both sides of the ball and the most feared right now even more than the saints.

  2. By purplehorn on Nov 30, 2009 | Reply

    Did anybody see the shot of Hicks after he got called for a penalty? He looked like he was blowing kind of hard and sweating big time. Nothing like actual game time to check the cardio out!! Artis did an excellent job yesterday filling in for Big Anthony. I think we have the best lines in the NFL- on both sides of the ball.

  3. By PABLO JACQUES on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    Buenos dias , debo de felicitar a la linea ofensiva por el grandioso trabajo que hicieron contra la defensiva de dallas , fue parte fundamental para que nuestro QB BRETT FAVRE hiciera su trabajo con 4 TD , es claro que sin la linea ofensiva favre no haria lo que hizo el domingo pasado.

    Por otro lado mi jugador preferido es ANTHONY HERRERA , por ser un excelente guardia.

    Artis Hicks
    Ryan Cook
    John Sullivan
    Bryant McKinnie
    Phil Loadholt
    Steve Hutchinson
    Jon Cooper
    Ryan Cook

    Muchas felicidades a todos los demas por su gran trabajo en toda la temporada


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