The good news is that Desmond Bishop had a good workout. The BAD news is that he left without a contract.
As stated yesterday on vikingsgab.com, his absence of a done deal does not bode well for the Vikings. Here is what we know as of Thursday morning. The Vikings brought Desmond Bishop in and worked him out.
The team was mum as usual, but defensive coordinator Alan Williams said, “there was no immediate indication they were going to sign him”. Translation: The team is interested, but unwilling to offer enough to keep him from exploring his options. As stated yesterday, the odds of him donning the purple and gold just got much more remote. But….. it’s NOT over yet.
Reports indicate that Bishop is now set to visit Kansas City after spending the last two days in Minnesota.
Williams also indicated that Bishop had a “Good workout,” and that “We’ll see. We’re doing our due diligence in terms of bringing guys in that are free agents. The neat thing is, I don’t have to make those decisions. I just have to coach them once they get here. Coach Leslie Frazier and (general manager) Rick Spielman, they’re the ones that make those hard decisions.”
Hard decision? Perhaps, but let’s hope that the team is still in control of whether or not to sign the former Packer (not likely), and that Bishop hasn’t simply moved on. (more likely).
Are there other factors remaining in consideration? Maybe, the Packers run a 3-4 formation with Bishop playing inside linebacker, while he would be used as a middle linebacker in the Vikings 4-3 set. Currently, Erin Henderson is trying to make the switch after playing the past two years at weak-side linebacker.
Presently, Henderson is taking the high road and saying all the right things. “It’s cool,” Henderson said after Tuesday’s practice. “I hope it goes well for him (and) the Vikings like what they see. (I’d) welcome him with open arms, welcome him to the team. Not really sure what it’s about. I’m just employee No. 50, baby. I just come out here and do what they ask me to do on the field.”
In the meantime, the Vikings have asked Henderson to take all the reps as their starting middle linebacker through Organized Team Activities and now in minicamp. When asked to elaborate, Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier tried to skillfully veer away from speculation that Bishop’s visit could foreshadow a major change. “I wouldn’t read much into our roster when we work guys out,” Frazier noted, “because it’s something we’re always doing.”
Concurrently, Williams seemed unconcerned about the transformation from a 3-4 system to a 4-3. “It’s not rocket science; it’s football,” he said. “It’s still about running to the ball, tackling, reading your keys, making plays when the ball comes to you.”
Williams admitted that he hadn’t studied Bishop enough to know if he could play both middle and outside linebacker in a 4-3. “From what I know, he’s just a good football player,” Williams said.
Bishop missed all of last season after suffering a severe hamstring tear in the preseason opener. But the season before that, Bishop delivered 115 tackles, five sacks and two forced fumbles in 13 games.
So what’s next? Team physicians will try to determine whether Bishop’s hamstring has healed enough to enable him to be the impact player he was in 2011 and weigh the results against his price tag.
Stay tuned for updates as they become available.
- Dawgg out !