Griffen rewarding new contract with strong play in Zimmer's scheme

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- A decision was brewing for the Minnesota Vikings with days remaining before the opening of free agency in March. Jared Allen's departure was all but certain and left a considerable hole at right end in Minnesota's defense. The Vikings had an in-house candidate to replace Allen in Everson Griffen, the long-time understudy. Michael Johnson, who had thrived...
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Griffen rewarding new contract with strong play in Zimmer's scheme

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- A decision was brewing for the Minnesota Vikings with days remaining before the opening of free agency in March. Jared Allen's departure was all but certain and left a considerable hole at right end in Minnesota's defense. The Vikings had an in-house candidate to replace Allen in Everson Griffen, the long-time understudy. Michael Johnson, who had thrived...
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Vikings-Buccaneers Capsule

MINNESOTA (2-5) at TAMPA BAY (1-5) Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox OPENING LINE - Buccaneers by 2 1/2 RECORD VS. SPREAD - Minnesota 3-4, Tampa Bay 2-4 SERIES RECORD - Vikings lead 31-22 LAST MEETING - Buccaneers beat Vikings 36-17, Oct. 25, 2012 LAST WEEK - Vikings lost to Bills 17-16; Buccaneers had bye, lost to Ravens 48-17 , Oct. 12 AP PRO32 RANKING - Vikings No. 25, Buccaneers No. 31...
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Vikings-Buccaneers Preview

The Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have become all too accustomed to last place in recent years. That doesn't appear likely to change this season. Minnesota looks to snap a three-game skid Sunday while Tampa Bay tries to avoid opening 0-4 at home. The Vikings (2-5) sit in last place in the NFC North while the Buccaneers (1-5) occupy the South's cellar. Minnesota...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Vikings 4-man rush could be problematic

Photo from Fansided.comOn Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings ripped apart the St. Louis Rams by a score of 34-6 and a lot of it had to do with the Vikings defense. According to to Pro Football Focus, the Vikings were able to generate pressure on 17 of 41 plays when rushing 4. While it may have taken a little while for their best pass rushers, Everson Griffen and Brian Robison, to generate...
Via Patriots Life
September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

PJD’s Week 1 Recap: Defense Ball Hard

I’m not going to go ahead and say that the Minnesota Vikings game against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday was a gimme or anything. No game in the NFL is a cake walk, and weird things can happen to the best teams. Look at the Patriots against the Dolphins. The Patriots somehow ended up losing big after holding a double digit lead. And the Bears versus the Bills! Even the Bears lost...
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September 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Ill Vikings DE Griffen questionable vs. Rams

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen has been listed as questionable for the season opener at St. Louis. Griffen was held out of practice Friday for the second straight day due to an illness, but he's expected to play without limitation Sunday against the Rams. This is Griffen's first year as a full-time starter, having moved into the...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings Defense Ready To Make Turnaround in 2014

For a team that finishes with a disappointing season in the National Football League, their top goal the next season is to go from worst to first. The Kansas City Chiefs did that a season ago and the Minnesota Vikings are hoping that they can make that leap as they head into the 2014 season.These two worlds came to a crossroads on Saturday night when the Vikings demolished the Chiefs...
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August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings Breakout Player for 2014

Former 4th round pick out of USC, Everson Griffen debuted for the Minnesota Vikings in 2010. Griffen, a freak of an athlete Who stands at 6'3" and ran the 40 yard dash in 4.65 seconds, spent the vast majority of his career playing behind Jared Allen, but Allen is a Chicago Bear now so Griffen will step in as the Right End on every down. During the 2013 season Everson Griffen...
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August 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Forbes says Minnesota Vikings defensive end is NFL’s most overpaid player

It sure seems like the folks over at Forbes magazine aren’t big Minnesota Vikings fans. Earlier this week we reported that Forbes ranked the Vikings as one of the NFL’s most worthless franchises, and now they’re saying they have the most overpaid player in the league on their roster. Who is it? According to columnist Chris Smith, it’s defensive end Everson Griffen: No NFL...
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August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Football: Who if Everson Griffen?

Patience is a virtue, continue to keep the hunger and keep working hard knowing your time is about to come and in the 2014 off-season that time has come for Everson Griffen, Defensive End, of the Minnesota Vikings.  With future Hall of Famer Jared Allen leaving town via Free Agency,  Griffen’s opportunity to start has arrived. The Vikings paid Griffen a phat contract (5 years...
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August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Five Observations From Minnesota Vikings Win In Week 2

The Minnesota Vikings are now 2-0 on the preseason as they defeated the Arizona Cardinals in a thrilling 30-28 win on Saturday night.While wins don’t mean much to fans during the preseason, the players and coaches on the field are taking every rep seriously as they prepare for the Sept. 7 opener where they travel to face the St. Louis Rams.Here are the main observations that I...
Via Pro Football Spot
August 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Everson Griffen growing up in Minnesota

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) Everson Griffen broke into the NFL as one of the youngest players in the league, and he can now say that everything came a little too fast for him at the start. The money, the game, the attention, it was a lot to handle for a 22-year-old who left USC a year early, and it caught up to the Minnesota Vikings defensive end in the winter following his rookie year...
Via AP on Fox
August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings Who Need To Make An Impact In 2014 | No. 2 Everson Griffen

#2 | Everson Griffen Number 2 on the list goes to defensive end Everson Griffen. Griffen came off a breakout 2012 season and was expected to be even better in 2013.  While his numbers weren’t as good, he still managed 5.5 sacks, and earned himself a nice new long term deal with the team.  Griffen enters his first season as a starting defensive end, and will be counted on to...
Via DraftSeason
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings training camp preview: potential disappointments

Last week I looked at the players who could surprise some people during training camp. Besides unexpected players who stand out, there are always those players that fizzle out. Some may lose their starting job and others may get cut all together. Who might be this year’s training camp disappointments?   Jasper Brinkley, MLB Jasper is back with the Vikings after a short and disappointing...
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July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings: #1 player to watch at training camp

This off season, the Minnesota Vikings have added a lot to their roster, from signing free agent defensive players (like cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, and nose tackle Linval Joseph) to drafting a rookie quarterback in the first round. There are a lot of players that everyone will have their eyes on during training camp, with good reason of course. However, there is one player that...
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July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings camp preview: defensive line

The defensive line was pretty below average last season, with just Brian Robison and Everson Griffin playing well enough for positive grades by Pro Football Focus. The line was poor against the pass and miserable against the run. Enter new head coach Mike Zimmer, who had excelled with the Cincinnati Bengals. Zimmer was especially good at wringing every last bit of productivity out...
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July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Kurt Coleman leaves Vikings with contract offer

The Minnesota Vikings offered former Philadelphia Eagles safety Kurt Coleman a contract, but Coleman is still weighing his options, reports Ben Goessling of ESPN.com. Coleman visited Minnesota Wednesday and Thursday, which the Vikings confirmed Friday morning, but the free agent left the facility without a contract. Coleman started 27 games between 2011 and 2012 for the Eagles...
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April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Jared Allen: Vikings fans will boo me

Chicago Bears defensive end Jared Allen expects to be booed when he returns to Minnesota this year. “Minnesota has great fans so they’re going to boo me,” Allen said.  “Absolutely.  I’m sure I’ll get some cheers later but absolutely they’re going to boo and why shouldn’t they?  I now play for a division rival but I love the fans in Minnesota, I had six phenomenal...
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April 03, 2014  |  Discuss

With Webb gone, Griffen last of 2010 draft

Joe Webb signing in Carolina leaves only Everson Griffen still on the Vikings roster from the 2010 draft. Toby Gerhart and Chris Cook were just a couple of reminders of the miscast crew from 2010.
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March 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings Make Key Moves

Minnesota has addressed many of their holes this offseason and are looking to become contenders (via rantsports) The Minnesota Vikings have been very busy in the free agency period. They have addressed many needs and have really started to form a team that is a piece or two away from being a solid contender. Going into the free agency period, the Vikings needed to address multiple...
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March 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings re-sign DE Everson Griffen

This move was made right before the start of free agency and it was a real head scratcher. However, I’ve held off on grading it until now because there was a chance that the increased salary cap meant we might see a lot of head scratching deals this off-season and I like to grade on a curve and grade moves against each other. That hasn’t been the case. When you compare this deal...
Via The Football Fan Spot
March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Ranking the Minnesota Vikings free agency moves from 1-10!

Week one of free agency is in the books and it has been a whirlwind. The Vikings have been very active in the early stages and may not be done. Time will tell if these moves will make a difference, but here is my top 10 out of what they’ve done so far: 10. Re-signing Charlie Johnson When I first saw that Charlie Johnson would be back, I was baffled. After further review it doesn’t...
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March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

What'€™s been done, still left to do for Vikings in free agency

Entering free agency, the Minnesota Vikings were flush with more than $40 million in salary cap space for 2014 and had definite holes to fill. With some of the most money in the NFL to spend, Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman wasn't window shopping. He was a buyer. The Vikings didn't go out and spend big where the money was going after safeties and cornerbacks. When...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings address biggest needs early in free agency

The Minnesota Vikings addressed their biggest concerns on defense this week signing four players to multi-year deals. It all began with bolstering up the defensive line. Everson Griffen  resigned with the team for  five-years and $42.5 million. Former New York Giants defensive tackle Linval Joseph also agreed to terms on a five-year S31.5 million deal. Both Joseph and Griffen will...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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