Former Minnesota Vikings lineman Alex Boone has already found a new home.
Alex Boone had not been on the street for a long time after the Minnesota Vikings kicked the guard out to the curb during their 53-man roster cut down before the Arizona Cardinals scooped him up. The team announced on Tuesday afternoon that they were grabbing the offensive lineman.
Off the bat, Boone might fit in better with the Cardinals than he was going to go with the Vikings. Boone is a better pass protector than run blocker and with Carson Palmer still in the Cardinals backfield, passing seems to be high on the Cardinals offensive priorities. The Vikings have rookie stud Dalvin Cook along with solid veterans Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon which makes the run game an attractive option for the purple.
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The Cardinals signed Boone to a one-year deal. It doesn’t look like Boone is projected to start with the Cardinals right away. The Cardinals official website says that starting left guard Mike Iupati returned to practice on Monday after a right triceps injury. Evan Boehm is slated to be starting at right guard for Arizona.
The Vikings and Cardinals are not scheduled to play during the regular season. The Cardinals open up their season with a road visit to the Detroit Lions.
Minnesota will move forward without Boone on the starting line, but I don’t think many Vikings fans are sweating that thought too much despite the surprise of the cut. Boone’s departure means that Nick Easton and Pat Elflein will both be in the starting lineup to start the season.
The Vikings will kick off their regular season on Monday Night Football. Minnesota drew the first game of the annual opening week doubleheader. The Vikings will welcome the New Orleans Saints into U.S. Bank Stadium on Monday night.