Everson Griffen to See Expanded Role

Everson Griffen has been working with the linebackers this week as he will be splitting time at defensive end and linebacker in Thursday’s pre-season game.

Griffen is having a good pre-season so far and looks to have a big role in the Vikings defense this year. Defensive Coordinator Fred Pagac said Griffen trying out at linebacker has nothing to do with Erin Henderson’s performance. Vikings are looking at different options and according to Pagac, “we’re hunting for the final 53.” Griffen has great speed at 6’4 273 lbs and potentially could add depth when needed at defensive end and linebacker.

According to Judd Zulgad, look for Griffen’s snaps to be around 50% at end and 50% at LB on Thursday.

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18 Responses to “Everson Griffen to See Expanded Role”

  1. bigjohnny84 says:

    They need to try him at MLB with Brinkley being out, that would seem to be a better fit anyway.

    • Tomb... says:

      I’m waiting for someone to suggest that Joe Webb should play MLB.

      • B. Grant says:

        Joe Webb should play MLB.

        • Tomb... says:

          Preposterous! I cannot believe you would suggest that. Why don’t you have him play WR while you’re at it.

          • bigjohnny84 says:

            Joe Webb should play WR. There I said it and it does have its merits.

          • Tomb... says:

            On a serious note, can he actually catch?

            I’d personally hate to potentially waste his talents at WR (if there is such a thing), he has all the tools of Vick, and I’d like to see him study his craft at QB for a couple years, see what happens.

          • bigjohnny84 says:

            I dont know if he can catch but he was drafted as a WR. Then the QB guru, Childo, saw that he could “wing it” and never tried him at WR.

          • Tomb... says:

            Correct me if I’m wrong, but he was only drafted as a WR because he didn’t think he COULD get drafted as QB, his natural position in college?

            Which leads me back to: can he catch? Which again, IF he can play QB, is a moot (Smoot?) point, as a good QB is much more valuable than a good WR.

          • bigjohnny84 says:

            He played WR in highschool and his pro workouts were at WR so there should be a scouting report somewhere on him. Now’s where Coach goes all Troy Williamson on me.

          • B. Grant says:

            Oh, what a tangled We…

          • Tomb... says:

            Wow. That was damn close to a pun. Good job catching yourself.

            Speaking of catching, can Joe Webb catch?

          • bigjohnny84 says:

            Well I found out that in 2007 he saw extensive action at WR. In 7 games started he caught 30 passes for 459 yards with 3 tds. Is that enough proof?

          • Tomb... says:

            Against which teams? The Wonder Boys? The Santa Cruz Banana Slugs, or…?

          • bigjohnny84 says:

            Hell I dont know I just googled his name and thats what I found. Ok enough of the Webb at WR, probably aint gonna happen anyway but damn I want to see him on the field and not holding clipboard.

  2. B. Grant says:

    Troy Williamson couldn’t catch, and look at hi…

    Yeah, like Tomb said, can he catch?

    • Tomb... says:

      Yeah, like Tomb said.

      Simple but brilliant query by ol’ Tomb, huh Coach?

      • B. Grant says:

        Simple, yes, brilliant, not so much. As a matter of fact, if he has been a quarterback, he probably plays a lot of catch. Unless he has to pick up the ball from the ground each time it comes back to him, I’m guessing the answer is, “Yes – he can catch”. But then again, I assumed that of TW as well.

  3. Tomb... says:

    Wow. If you look up TW in Wikipedia, for “early years,” it simply says:

    “Troy Williamson is not a football player.”


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