Vikings coaches – and all NFL coaches – consistently speak about how much they value position flexibility in a player. And position flexibility is what DE Brian Robison brings to the Vikings defense. He’s listed as a DE but also has the capability to play inside as a DT in obvious passing situations.
On Friday while speaking with an assembled group of reporters, Vikings assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said the intent was to have Robison on the field more frequently than in past seasons. But through the Vikings first 2 games, Robison’s snaps were actually down from last year’s average.
“We had been talking about playing him more going into the season and we kept looking at those first two games and his reps were down,” Frazier explained. “And we went into the season saying we were going to rotate him in there, and we were kicking ourselves. We got those numbers up this last game (vs. Detroit). We’ve got to do that more. He’s a very good football player.”
Robison saw a season-high in snaps against the Lions and he responded by tallying 3 tackles and also his first sack of the season as the Vikings shut Detroit’s offense down and yielded just 10 points. Frazier’s comments on Friday regarding Robison along with the fact that the Vikings just traded DE Jayme Mitchell to the Cleveland Browns indicates we can expect to see more from the 4-year pro beginning on Monday night.
In 47 games as a Viking, Robison has 11.5 sacks, 11 tackles for a loss and 2 forced fumbles. He possesses an excellent burst coming off the edge as a pass rusher and he also has good strength, which is what allows him to be an effective player on the interior defensive line as well.
“We don’t think there’s a big dropoff when he gets in the game,” Frazier said, “and he’s a very good pass rusher, not just in third-down situations but in early downs as well. We’ve got to keep monitoring that we’ve got to get him on the field.”
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