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Who plays safety opposite the Hitman?
Antone Exum, Jr
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Anthony Harris
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Andrew Sendejo
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Jayron Kearse
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Michael Griffin
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Someone else?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 2:27 pm    Post subject: Training Camp Battles: 2nd Starting Safety Reply with quote

We're 10 days away from the beginning of training camp...let's ramp up the discussion since it's been so awfully quiet around here this summer, even moreso than usual.

So, who's going to win the battle to start opposite Harrison Smith? We failed last year in predicting that the now departed Robert Blanton would win the job...let's try again.










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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll go out on a limb and pick one of the young guns, Ant Harris.

He didn't let a lot of experience when he filled in for some injured players, but when he did, he made the most of his time and looked comfortable and like a natural in coverage. I think if Harris spent the offseason working on building up his body, and he can show the ability to step up in run defense during preseason, he'll have a great chance of unseating Sendejo.

When you get a compliment from Mike Zimmer, it's not just smoke. And comments like this bode well for a young player,

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“The thing about Anthony, if you tell him where he’s supposed to be, he’s going to be there 99 percent of the time."


I think the biggest competition will be between Harris and Sendejo. Sendejo had his ups and downs last year, but he started playing better during the second half of the season, and played extremely well the last 4 games. But, there's still a reason that the team signed him to a contract that can be easily gotten out of after the 1st year, and they felt the need to bring in another veteran for competition.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think Zimmer performs magic again and gets a chronic underperformer to achieve the potential expected when he was drafted...Michael Griffin!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He's a LONGSHOT to win it but I'm extremely excited/intrigued to see how Kearse performs.

With that being said I think it comes down to Harris and Griffin.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not ready to rule out Sendejo.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the idea of a vet next to Harry. Pulling for Griffin
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

vike daddy wrote:
SteelKing728 wrote:
Griffin is a terrible starter and we'll just have to get by with the position and hope we don't get burnt, literally and figuratively.

so do you mean literally his presence might cause the team to be on fire?

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

to avoid fire, I don't want Griffin starting. better be safe and just cut him now. Wink

Antone Exum doesn't seem to have the instincts for the position, Andrew Sendejo is at best a 3rd safety/good special teamer, Jayron Kearse is big, but what else does he got? Clemson fans seemed disappointed in him from what I heard. I think Terrance Newman could do fine back there, but I think the coaches would rather just keep him at safety.

I'm rooting for Anthony Harris to win the job but I think Griffin takes it.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would put my money on Sendejo, with Griffin as the #2 option.

I'm just not a fan of Exum or Harris. I doubt Kearse makes the roster.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think Sendejo will be the guy initially, but not full time. Griffen will be mixed in and will end up seeing the lions share as the season progresses. I am quite intrigued, however, by Ant Harris, who's progression I look forward to seeing. I also, even as someone who was not a huge Kearse fan through the draft process, have hopes for him to develop into our own version of Iloka.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does anyone else think that there's a good chance that Griffin won't make the roster if he doesn't win the starting job?

Griffin has never really been a strong presence on special teams, so I don't see any value he'd bring in that department. He'd likely just be a strict backup at safety. Is that enough to warrant a roster spot?

Normally I would say no, but we've also seen Smith and Sendejo deal with injuries throughout their career, so having a veteran backup would be good.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think there's a distinct possibility that Griffin would be cut if he's not the starter, as that's what happened to Chris Crocker.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

disaacs wrote:
I think there's a distinct possibility that Griffin would be cut if he's not the starter, as that's what happened to Chris Crocker.

I can't remember, did the Vikings cut Crocker out right? Or did he ask to be cut (retire) since he wasn't thrilled about playing special teams as a backup?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SemperFeist wrote:
disaacs wrote:
I think there's a distinct possibility that Griffin would be cut if he's not the starter, as that's what happened to Chris Crocker.

I can't remember, did the Vikings cut Crocker out right? Or did he ask to be cut (retire) since he wasn't thrilled about playing special teams as a backup?


He was amongst the final cuts, so I think they just cut him outright and he retired (for the 3rd time).
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crocker's contract was for less than 1M, with no guaranteed money (IIRC)

Griffin's contract includes $750k in guaranteed money, so there is a much better chance he sticks around. He is also a much better player.
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