Vikings assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said on Thursday that this year’s Vikings defense has the best depth he’s seen so far during his tenure with the team. In a game as violent as football, depth is essential to sustaining success, so hearing Frazier’s comment about the Vikings depth on defense should be encouraging for Vikings fans.
Let’s take a look at a few players who are currently providing the Vikings with solid depth on defense…
Starters: Jared Allen and Ray Edwards
Key Reserve: Brian Robison
Other Reserves: Everson Griffen, Jayme Mitchell
Robison is an explosive pass rusher who can come off the edge and beat OTs to get to the QB. But he’s also a stout player who can battle inside, which allows the Vikings to play him inside on some 3rd downs. Whether he’s subbing for Allen or Edwards with an outside pass rush or sliding inside on obvious 3rd down passing situations, Robison is a key element to the Vikings defensive line rotation.
Starters: Kevin Williams, Pat Williams
Key Reserves: Letroy Guion, Jimmy Kennedy
The Vikings re-signed Kennedy this past offseason because he provides a solid option in the DT rotation. But the player to watch here is Guion, who’s had a great training camp and then played well last weekend against St. Louis. Guion has been with the Vikings since 2008 as a developmental prospect, but things seem to be clicking for him now. If Guion continues to trend upwards, he and Kennedy help provide the Vikings with a strong rotation at DT.
Click here to read on about the Vikings depth at LB and in the secondary…
Tags: Brian Robison, Jimmy Kennedy, Leslie Frazier, Letroy Guion
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