"Charlie did a good job. Wasn't challenged a whole lot on the edge in that game. Probably his strength in that ballgame was his run blocking," Frazier said. "Just didn't get challenged very much on the edge by their defensive ends, so he graded out well. This next week, against [Seattle] may be a little bit more of a challenge, but we'll see."
Johnson is attempting to take over for Bryant McKinnie, who was released at the start of training camp, and Frazier has said the job is Johnson's to earn. Quarterback Donovan McNabb played 15 snaps and avoided being sacked in his two series of play.
Although the Vikings plan to use a lot of two-tight ends sets, Visanthe Shiancoe, their most accomplished receiver at the position, was held out because of a hamstring injury, but the Vikings didn't give Johnson too much help with the remaining incumbent tight ends known more for their blocking ability, like Jim Kleinsasser and Jeff Dugan.
"It was a change of pace. Sometimes [the tight end is] over there to block what we were running and other times it was to get into the route," Frazier said. "We had confidence that Charlie would be able to handle the one-on-one situations in that ballgame. We're not game-planning any of these first two teams in the preseason so guys have to stand up. We're not saying we're going to give you help in these first two preseason games."
There was a bit of a change-up in the Vikings offensive line for Monday's practice. Anthony Herrera was taken off the physically-unable-to-perform list and got limited reps at right guard, but Chris DeGeare, who started in place of Herrera in the preseason opener, was working at right tackle with the second team on Monday. In his place, free-agent signee Scott Kooistra was getting the majority of the work with the first team at right guard.
Frazier called it "a good sign" that Herrera was back on the field practicing a week earlier than expected, and he may even get a chance to play a series or two on Saturday. The coaches staff also wants to see if DeGeare can play tackle.
"He actually graded OK. There were some things that he could do better, and I'm sure he would say the same," Frazier said of DeGeare's performance at right guard. "But overall, he did a pretty decent job. He'll get some other opportunities."
Frazier indicated they would also like to see how Kooistra does at tackle, and he also put Ryan Cook in the mix to compete for the job at right guard.
"You know on that offensive line if you can find a couple guys that can [play multiple positions], it just helps you numbers-wise when you come to game day," Frazier said.
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