A fun position to watch during this year’s Verizon Vikings Training Camp will be left DE, where starter Ray Edwards is a free agent and there’s an impressive lineup behind Edwards to take his place should he decide to leave the Vikings.
Edwards has made no secret that he intends to test the free agent market and likely sign elsewhere. That leaves a starting opportunity for a few guys, most notably Brian Robison. The Vikings selected Robison in the 4th round of the 2007 NFL Draft out of Texas and he’s performed well, tallying 13.5 sacks in 4 seasons and earning a prominent spot in the Vikings DL rotation. He’s also played in all 16 games 3 times and 15 of 16 games once during his NFL career.
If Edwards does indeed sign elsewhere, Robison will enter camp as the favorite to win the starting job. Also competing for time at that position will be 2nd-year player Everson Griffen and rookie Christian Ballard, in addition to any free agents the Vikings may choose to sign.
For his part, Robison is excited to get the season going. He was among the first Vikings to show up at Winter Park on Tuesday and said he was looking forward to reporting to training camp on Sunday.
“I’m ready to go and get after it,” he told me just outside of Winter Park. “I’m looking forward to training camp and the preseason and the regular season, just all of it. I’m ready to get going. We’re going to have a good season.”
Robison, who was in Washington D.C. recently with fellow Vikings Steve Hutchinson and Ben Leber as part of the negotiations between the NFL and NFLPA, said he’s spent a few days at Larry Fitzgerald’s organized workouts on the campus of the University of Minnesota.
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