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Ex-Giant Brett Jones impresses in his Vikings debut

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Vikings fans are happy with their newest lineman

NFL: New York Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Former New York Giants center Brett Jones got the first start of his Minnesota Vikings career Thursday night. But not at center, at left guard.

Jones played nearly every snap for the Vikings offense (62 snaps, 89 percent of the offensive snaps), lining up at left guard in the first half before moving to center in the second half.

As should be unsurprising to Giants’ fans, the early returns on Jones’ play have been very positive.

Jones started much of 2017 at center for the Giants, and played well enough for the team to let Weston Richburg leave via free agency. However, the team found itself enamored with Jon Halapio at center and made the decision to trade Jones for a seventh round pick and cap relief.

Time will tell whether Halapio can play as well as Jones did in 2017, or whether the Vikings got a steal with a starting lineman for just a seventh-round pick.