Vikes need E.J. to be… Well, E.J.

Is E.J. Henderson the toughest S.O.B. in the league or what?

I am not only amazed to see him on the field just 9 months after that horrendous injury vs. the Cardinals (I distinctly remember thinking in all confidence, that we would never see him play another down in the NFL) but I am absolutely aghast at the quickness he exhibited last week against the 49ers.

The Viking defense is vastly improved when Henderson is in the line-up. Not to slam Jasper Brinkley, but Brinkley just doesn’t show the instincts of Henderson. E.J. is nearly flawless at filling the proper gap time after time. Last Saturday was a great example. From the first play from scrimmage, Henderson showed good lateral movement and quickness in filling the open hole. He was in on several tackles on the opening drive alone. There was no hesitation that often happens when a player returns from a significant injury. No lack of commitment, no deer in the headlights pause before attacking. This is what impressed me most.

This is not to say that Henderson is all the way back. In pass coverage, there were a couple of times when E.J. was behind the receiver by a good step and a half. But this wasn’t because of bad technique or being caught out of position. It was because when he opens his hips and runs, he seems to have lost a step.  This is not unexpected, but is a bit of a concern to me.

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3 Responses to “Vikes need E.J. to be… Well, E.J.”

  1. Zag says:

    Up until last year I didn’t fully appreciate EJ. I looked at Greenway as the stud backer (which, of course, he is). But when we lost EJ I could definitely tell the difference. If he plays this season like he did last year and during this preseason, he will undoubtedly the most underrated MLB in the league. And that’s true regardless of the insane recovery from a broken femur.

  2. bigjohnny84 says:

    Tough SOB is spot on Chris. You got to love guys with this kind of passion. I have a feeling a pretty high percentage of players would have just given up.

  3. c.carterhof says:

    Agree guys. It’s great to have EJ back!
    It’s also a good thing that Brinkley got some experience.

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