Brinkley Shows More Improvement As Regular Season Approaches

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 26, 2012 – 10:56 am

We mentioned late last week that Vikings coaches were pleased with the progress starting middle LB Jasper Brinkley has made in training camp and the preseason. We may be talking more about that progress this week, as Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier once again praised Brinkley after Friday’s exhibition game against the San Diego Chargers.

“Jasper seemed like he played a lot better,” Frazier said. “He was more aggressive, he seemed like he was out there having fun, kind of letting go a little bit. His play was encouraging just watching from the sideline. He made a lot of plays tonight so that should help his confidence. It was inspiring to see him play as aggressive as he did.”

Brinkley had 2.0 sacks and 3 QB hurries on the night, as he was a part of suffocating performance by the Vikings first-team defense. Granted, San Diego was missing several starters, but the Vikings defense did what they should’ve done given their matchup. The Chargers had just 80 net yards of offense and 5 first downs in the 1st half versus the Vikings starters, and the visitors were just 22% on 3rd downs and averaged only 2.5 yards per carry.

That’s the kind of performance coaches and fans want to see from Brinkley. His injury history has been well-publicized, but after great improvement since training camp began in late July and a couple of encouraging preseason outings, it will be Brinkley’s solid play that gets the publicity soon.

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