How will Brian O’Neill handle an increased leadership role?
Brian O’Neill is continuing his impressive trajectory and will also play in key role in helping a young group develop in 2021.
Riley Reiff previously held the leadership role, but the veteran is now with the Bengals. And while O’Neill may or may not become a team captain like Reiff was, the onus is now on the right tackle who is preparing for his fourth year.
“In terms of my mentality, I don’t think it changes that much,” O’Neill said. “You might have a few more pointers for the young guys, but at the end of the day, it’s all about trying to progress myself and have the best season I possibly can and trying to help lead this group the best way I can.
“It’s been a good group so far and a great vibe around the building and great vibe in the room,” O’Neill added.
A 2018 second-round pick, O’Neill has developed into one of the league’s better right tackles in recent seasons. And with the lineman entering the final season of his rookie deal, he could be looking at a potential contract extension soon.
It remains to be seen if that will happen. But what’s known for sure is that O’Neill will be a key piece on a very important position group that will help determine Minnesota’s offensive success in 2021.