The Minnesota Vikings plan to use Everson Griffen in more than his normal place on the defensive line this season. Griffen at 6’3, and 280 lbs, will also take the field as a linebacker in 2012.
The third year defensive end out of USC (100th overall pick) has had difficulty getting on the field behind Jared Allen and Brian Robison. So the idea was hatched during the off-season to play him at linebacker (3-4), if for nothing else, just to get his talent on the field.
Initially it was thought Griffen would make the full switch to linebacker, but almost 2 weeks into camp, it looks as if he will spend time at both positions.
Head coach Leslie Frazier says Griffen has been “kind of sporadic” at his new position.
“He’s had some good moments and he’s had some other moments where we’d like it to come a little bit faster,” Frazier said. “But we’re going to give him a little time and see how he does throughout this week and even in the (preseason opener), and then we’ll sit down and evaluate things after that game.”
As time goes on, and he gains experience, I’m sure his downs at linebacker will increase. In the meantime, he’s a talent fans should be excited about, as no matter where he lines up on the field, he will make an impact.
In limited time last season he recorded 4 sacks, so just with increased in playing time, Griffen figures to begin to stand out as a pass rusher…
In addition to the plans to rotate Everson Griffen, new defensive coordinator Alan Williams has said he’s using a “hockey mentality” with his defense. Williams plans to rotate his players frequently this season, much to the chagrin of one Jared Allen.