EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The hand-wringing began early in Mankato.
Hill played in the 2016 regular-season finale, making his NFL debut on Jan. 1, 2017. He tried to make the most of that and every rep in Reiff’s absence.
Reiff bounced back and started 15 games this season, but Hill was asked to bookend the other end of the line for six consecutive games because of injuries to
Hill started for Reiff against Cincinnati on the day that the Vikings clinched the NFC North. After left guard
On Sunday, Minnesota lined up Reiff at left tackle, Remmers at left guard, Elflein at center, Berger at right guard and Hill at right tackle.
Former NFL offensive lineman Brian Baldinger broke down the protection in this video:
Hill was tasked with blocking Cam Jordan, a First-Team All-Pro, and had late help on the play from Berger.
Keenum found Diggs for the winner, and a ruckus ensued. In addition to the screams of teammates and more than 66,000 fans, Hill heard encouraging words from Jordan.
“Cameron Jordan asked me what year this was, and I said, ‘It ain’t nothing but my second year,’ ” Hill said. “He was like, ‘Man, you’re a solid player.’ And I’m like, ‘Man, you gave me a full 60 minutes of it.’ That’s what I told him after the game…