Only the Eagles, with Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert, deployed two-tight end formations at a higher percentage than the Vikings last season, and offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak isn't expected to deviate with Kyle Rudolph and Smith, who had 36 catches for 311 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie. "I kind of got a good feel of the offense, everything the coaches are asking from me," Smith said. "Now it's just making that big jump in year two."
Elflein started last season at left guard after being the starting center in 2017 and 2018. Alternating with the first team at left guard were Dakota Dozier and Aviante Collins. On the second team, rookie Ezra Cleveland worked at left guard and Dru Samia at right guard.
He said he hasn't thought about the possibility of heading into the season without a contract or the Vikings placing the franchise tag on him in March, adding his focus has been on getting ready for Week 1. "I think I'm an insurance policy, me, myself," Cook said. "I'm ready to go.