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Everson Griffen Slimming Down; Starting Camp At LB

Over at ESPN1500, Tom Pelissero is reporting that Everson Griffen will be starting training camp at linebacker. He also stated that Griffen has been told to report at 265 lbs but is already down to 263 after being listed at 273 lbs last year.

With the defensive end position occupied by Jared Allen who rarely comes off the field and Brian Robison who emerged last year in his first year as a starting player, it’s been a struggle to get Griffen on the field. Griffen who has too much talent to be wasted on the bench, could possibly see snaps at both linebacker and defensive end position in 2012. I’ve been preaching for awhile now that Erin Henderson’s best position could be middle linebacker and if the Vikings were to make that move, it would allow Griffen to slide into the weakside linebacker position. I’d feel more comfortable with Griffen-Henderson-Greenway than I do with Henderson-Brinkley-Greenway. This is all speculation on my part and far too early to know how Griffen will play at linebacker after only getting a few snaps there last year but I do think the move could pay off. For all I know, the Vikings could be planning on using Griffen in a reserve role at both linebacker and defensive end. Either way, should make things even more interesting at training camp that is set to start on July 27th in Mankato.

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3 Responses to “Everson Griffen Slimming Down; Starting Camp At LB”

  1. Rick Coffey says:

    I was hoping the coaching staff would make this move. I have a sneaking suspicion that our starting d just got a little stronger. The last time I had a suspicion like this was when the vikes moved Doleman from linebacker to DE. If this Griffin move works out as well as the Doleman move did, the vikes d may surprise a lot of folks this year!!

  2. A Blind Man says:

    I heard Spielman say that he expects all the linebackers to be able to play all spots. I like your idea, only with Greenway in middle with those other guys on the outside, and the two best with nickel. I want to see them try to turn Griffen loose, too. They need turn overs.

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