Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 8/28/12
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Minnesota Vikings rookie left tackle Matt Kalil went to the tape of last Friday's preseason game to see exactly what happened when San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Larry English beat him for a sack. Kalil knows the solution. He will deal with many speed rushers in the NFL, but speed isn't the issue. Kalil believes having a better understanding of the offense will improve his reactions. "It's just a little hesitation," Kalil said. "From what I saw on film when I got beat for that sack, it's not a matter of me just getting beat one-on-one, it's a matter of me not kick-stepping fast enough, or thinking too much. That's what I'm talking about as far as knowing the offense well enough to where I can block a lot easier and play more efficient." Kalil hasn't put many such instances on game film recently, or had the need to go back and discover where the breakdown came. Drafted with the No. 4 overall pick by Minnesota in April's draft and immediately anointed the starting left tackle, Kalil didn't allow a single sack his final, junior year at the University of Southern California. At 6-foot-7 and 308 pounds, Kalil has the size and skill to be a cornerstone for the Vikings at left tackle for years. His transition to the NFL has gone smoothly, as expected when he was labeled the best all-around, most NFL-ready offensive lineman in the draft. But Kalil hasn't been without his rookie mistakes either, such as Friday when English sacked Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder. Ponder was sacked five times, twice by English, and said he has to do a better job of moving in the pocket. "I've just got to move up in the pocket and not just sit in the trouble zone," Ponder said. "And that's where I was sitting in. That's on me, but easily correctable." Kalil knows too, that he will give his quarterback more time as he gets more time in the offense and has a better grasp of the offensive schemes. "It takes time," Kalil said. "I think since I first came in, I obviously know the offense a lot better. That's what preseason's for. Each game I've improved and play a lot faster. It's only a matter of time. I think I know the offense really well, but I think it just takes a certain amount of games and experience, to actually play in those game-type atmospheres, to fully understand the offense and play at a fast level." Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave also knows Kalil's talent will be emphasized as he gains experience in the offense. Musgrave noted Kalil's technique and anticipation will improve with experience, and he'll be able to better handle the speed rushers. Kalil's quick feet and long arms were two of his main attributes that excited the Vikings, ultimately leading to moving last year's left tackle Charlie Johnson inside to left guard and drafting Kalil. And Kalil believes his biggest challenge in his transition to the NFL is just understanding Minnesota's offense the same way he did in college. Maybe then, he'll have the same success he's used to. "It's just getting used to the plays, getting used to the different concepts than college," Kalil said. "Kind of getting to a point where, my senior year in college, I knew the offense inside and out and all you had to focus on was playing fast, playing with great technique instead of focusing on the play. So I think it's a matter of me getting to the point where I'm comfortable enough with the offense that I can play a lot faster and more efficient." Follow Brian Hall on Twitter.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Manfred blames MLBPA for no significant rule changes in 2017

Report: Zach Britton has potential oblique injury

The Rock returns to WWE, leaves CM Punk a voicemail after 'Raw'

After outfield collision, Ichiro pranks teammate and claims he’s been cut

Simeon Rice gets vulgar with radio host over HOF debate

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Ronda Rousey to be guest star on NBC’s ‘Blindspot’

Lakers replace Jim Buss with Magic Johnson, fire Kupchak

Report: James Harrison, Steelers share mutual interest in 2017 return

Jimmy Garoppolo’s mom keeping him up to speed on his trade rumors

Report: Clippers intent on keeping both Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

Slam dunks and startups: How all-star technology took over the NBA in The Big Easy

Nintendo is finally, thankfully embracing sports and eSports

The 'Did the Kings just make the Pelicans into a super team?' quiz

Will the Timberwolves start showcasing their potential?

'Playmakers' in Ice Cube's league who can help the Cavs

Box Score 2/21: It's trade heartbreak season

The guard tandems you'd want in a 2-on-2 tournament

We got our hands on the new Nintendo Switch, here are our first impressions

Top 10 second basemen in baseball for 2017

Teams and players who could be dealing at the NBA trade deadline

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Movies you can stream now to get your football fix

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Nintendo is finally, thankfully embracing sports and eSports

The 'Did the Kings just make the Pelicans into a super team?' quiz

Will the Timberwolves start showcasing their potential?

'Playmakers' in Ice Cube's league who can help the Cavs

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher to win 100 games with two different teams

The guard tandems you'd want in a 2-on-2 tournament

We got our hands on the new Nintendo Switch, here are our first impressions

Top 10 second basemen in baseball for 2017

Teams, players who could be dealing at the NBA trade deadline

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker