There were a few happenings during practice Monday for the Minnesota Vikings:
- Everson Griffen, who was slated to be a hybrid player this year, getting time at both defensive end, and linebacker, was moved back to defensive end. It appears that the experiment to play him at linebacker is over for now, and he will resume his place as the number one backup behind Jared Allen and Brian Robison.
While it would of been nice to see Griffen get reps at linebacker, it wasn’t meant to be, as he wasn’t adapting to the position quickly enough. However, I won’t be surprised to see him lined up in the outside linebacker spot a time or two this season to help get pressure on the quarterback.
- One of the things that cannot happen to the Vikings this year, would be an injury to top draft pick Matt Kalil. Well, it almost happened Monday. Kalil left the practice field with a trainer, following a thumb injury earlier in the session. The rookie underwent an MRI, which fortunately showed no damage. He later returned to practice and finished out the day.
Kalil actually has a history of good health, as he started 26 consecutive games in college. Minnesota must see that trend continue for their team to be on top of it’s game this year, and for many years to come.
So at the end of the day, Kalil is fine, and Griffen is back playing the position he knows best…