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Vikings cut OL T.J. Clemmings

By Brett Whitefield
Sep 1, 2017
Minnesota Vikings T.J. Clemmings

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 1: T.J. Clemmings #68 of the Minnesota Vikings blocks during an NFL game against the Dallas Cowboys at U.S. Bank Stadium December 1, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Tom Dahlin/Getty Images)
  • According to Adam Schefter, the Minnesota Vikings have cut offensive lineman J. Clemmings. Clemmings, a fourth-round draft pick in 2015, attempted a transition to guard this offseason after playing his first two seasons at tackle.
  • At tackle for the 2015 and 2016 season, Clemmings’ performance never showed signs of improving. His play regressed from a poor rookie season in which he finished with a 48.1 overall grade to an even worse second-year, grading as the worst tackle among 75 qualifiers with an overall grade of 31.0.
  • Clemmings’ biggest woes were found in pass protection. In 2016, he allowed 58 total pressures including a league high nine sacks and finishing with the seventh lowest pass blocking efficiency (91.5) on 539 pass block snaps.
  • After moving to guard this offseason Clemmings’ play didn’t improve much grading poorly in two of the three preseason games played in and most recently earning a 47.9 overall grade on 51 snaps against Miami in the Viking’s fourth preseason game.

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