Vikings DE Brian Robison is one of the more passionate and outgoing football players I’ve been around. So it comes as no surprise to me that he was one of the first players to report to 2011 Verizon Vikings Training Camp on Sunday, especially considering he enters this year’s training camp as a heavy favorite to win a starting DE position.
With Ray Edwards having left via free agency, there’s a vacant starting spot at left DE and Robison has proven over his four-year career that he is capable of the job.
“It feels good,” Robison said when asked how it feels to enter training camp as a starter. “It’s an opportunity I’ve been wanting for a while and it’s an opportunity I plan on taking advantage of. So that’s my outlook coming in.”
Robison indicated he didn’t train much differently this offseason than in previous offseasons, although he did note one area he adjusted.
“I did a little bit more cardio so I’d be in [better] shape,” Robison commented. “But as far as the actual football side of things I really didn’t do too much different. I just tried to hone in on what I do right and improve on that and things I felt like in needed to work on [I tried to] improve on that as well. I just did what I’ve always done.”
Robison will be the team’s new left DE presumably and the Vikings will also have a new defensive coordinator in Fred Pagac. When Leslie Frazier was named interim head coach late last season, it was Pagac who stepped up to fulfill the defensive coordinator role. Now with Frazier in the fold as the head coach, Pagac will remain as defensive coordinator.
“I think it might be a little bit more aggressive, possibly,” Robison said of the Vikings defensive scheme with Pagac as the coordinator. “Obviously that’s something we’ll see here in the next three or four days, kind of what his scheme is and what he thinks he wants to do. But just based off of the last four or five games that we had with him last year he seems to be a little bit more aggressive with blitzes.”
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