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Getty Vikings center Garrett Bradbury is not guaranteed to start Week 1, coach Kevin O'Connell revealed a week into training camp.

The competition is on.

Minnesota Vikings center Garrett Bradbury, entering a contract year after the new regime declined to pick up his fifth-year option, will have to earn his spot in front of Kirk Cousins this summer.

After a week of training filled with numerous reports of the undersized center being run over by defensive tackles, head coach Kevin O’Connell addressed the future for the former first-round pick that was deemed the team’s biggest draft mistake since 2015.

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O’Connell Not Ready to Say Bradbury is Starting

In an August 6 press conference, O’Connell said that while Bradbury has been a cause for concern early in training camp, he still gave the North Carolina State product his vote of confidence.

“#Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell said he’s ‘definitely not worried’ about the play of center Garrett Bradbury and that it’s too early,” Pioneer Press reporter Chris Tomasson reported. “However, #Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell said there’s still competition at the starting center spot and isn’t ready to say that Garrett Bradbury is definitely his guy for Week 1.”

It is early in camp, but O’Connell is still green in Minnesota and has yet to become jaded about the prevailing issue with Bradbury — his size.

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Bradbury Remains Unrefined in His Technique

At the start of the 2020 season, PFF draft analyst Mike Renner deemed Bradbury the biggest draft mistake by Minnesota since 2015 for his poor pass-blocking abilities.

“The Vikings’ selection of Bradbury has layers of mistakes packed into it. It torpedoed the career of Pat Elflein, whom they drafted the year prior as he was far more suited for the center position. He also is more than likely going to continue to put them in that no man’s land for years to come. That’s because he’s good enough in the run game to not be replaced, but a liability in pass protection,” Renner wrote in 2020. He has earned pass protection grades of 41.4 and 38.8 in his first two seasons.”

Bradbury has shown few signs of improvement since Renner’s scathing review. Bradbury ranked 38th in pass protection among 40-graded centers who played a minimum of 20% offensive snaps with a 43.7 pass-blocking grade last season.

And while Bradbury’s currently up 10 pounds from his 2021 playing weight of 295 pounds this offseason, he hasn’t shown to have developed his anchor or footwork to help keep him upright. At 6-foot-3, 306 pounds coming out of the 2019 draft, Bradbury ranked in the eighth percentile in height and 30th in weight, per Mockdraftable.

The problem is, Bradbury is actually an ideal center for a wide-zone running scheme O’Connell is installing — but he still has to hold his ground in pass protection.

“Garrett Bradbury in the middle is what you look for from a core center from a standpoint of communicating,” O’Connell said at the combine, per Vikings. com. “I see a guy [with] really, really good movement skills. Obviously, a guy that was drafted really high for a reason. I can remember evaluating him through the process. [He] did a lot of really good things in college, and it’s just been a matter of finding the right fit for him and the right system.”

If Bradbury proves to be too much of a liability as a starter, the Vikings’ next option would be Chris Reed, a free-agent signing from the Indianapolis Colts whose primary position is guard.

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Jinger Duggar shares rare pic of daughters Felicity, 4, & Evie, 2, after spending Thanksgiving away from strict family

JINGER Duggar has shared rare glimpse of her family time as she hangs out with her daughters Felicity, four, Evie, two, over the Thanksgiving weekend.

The Counting On star has ditched her conservative family in Arkansas and this is her first Thanksgiving with her kids and husband Jeremy Vuolo in their new California dream home.

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Jinger, 28, posted an adorable photo of Felicity and Evie playing kitchen helpers.

The kids sported messy braids, hair disheveled from a full day of playtime.

Jinger revealed the family's dinner plans, and they're not Thanksgiving leftover.

Having enough chicken, she captioned her post: "Abandoning chicken noodle soup for some homemade pizza!"

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In 2019, Jinger and Jeremy announced they were relocating to the Los Angeles, California area so he could continue his education with church.

Ditching the strict Duggar family and their rules, Jinger has been strutting the LA streets for the past three years, defying the dress code and wearing skintight jeans and cute dresses.

Jinger and Jeremy were renting a home over the past three years as they struggled initially to find footing in their new community.

However, in early October Jinger revealed they had dropped $830K after finding their dream home.

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As Jinger and Jeremy celebrated their Thanksgiving, fans were concerned as they noticed the ex-pro soccer player is severely balding.

In a photo the family posted on social media, Jeremy is digging into a turkey breast as he reps his brother's Harvard sweatshirt - Jeremy's hairline has started to recede past the top of his forehead.

Shocked fans poured into an online forum to voice their concerns over Jeremy's rapid aging.

One fan exclaimed: "Where did his hair go? Yikes!"

A second judged: "I'm surprised he finally chose to accept it, instead of trying to cover it up with long hair or editing the photo."

Yet a third added: "Jeremy is looking really rough."

A fourth contributed: "Wow, he's aging at warp speed. He looks 20 years older."

Another critic snarked: "I am telling you that someone is putting Nair in these guys' shampoo bottles."

However a sixth fan came to Jeremy's rescue.

The fan defended the Duggar star and posted: "It annoys me reading this.

"I have a lot of balding friends, for me, it's nothing strange or embarrassing. I don't understand the ridicule for this."


Fans are also slamming Jinger's cooking skills as the holiday season is in full swing.

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The author released a YouTube video teaching fans how to make Indonesian fried rice.

In addition to calling the video cringe-y fans accused the former TLC star of having no charisma.

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