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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 3:43 pm    Post subject: Be It Everso(n) Humble Reply with quote

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Making the Leap, No. 13: Vikings' Everson Griffen

No other player on this list was just handed a five-year, $42.5 million contract with $20 million guaranteed. Some knocked the Vikings for furnishing a four-year, part-time player with one career start the type of contract that set the defensive end market this offseason.

We expect Griffen to thrive under Zimmer. Not only will the defensive end be unleashed in attacking positions, his time spent on the inside and experience occasionally dropping into coverage should aid a creative defense. It wouldn't be a shock to see Zimmer move Griffen around in tandem with rookie outside linebacker Anthony Barr to create mismatches.


http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000361485/article/making-the-leap-no-13-vikings-everson-griffen
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you guys seen Griffen in any of those OTA vids posted on the Vikings site?!

Dude looks friggin STACKED
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Duff Man wrote:
Have you guys seen Griffen in any of those OTA vids posted on the Vikings site?!

Dude looks friggin STACKED


He's always physically been a real beast.

I am really excited to see what he does this year. Definitely deserves a spot on most "breakout" and "taking the leap" type lists.

In terms of who I am most excited to watch improve/progress this year:

1. Teddy Bridgewater
2. Cordarrelle Patterson
3. Anthony Barr
4. Everson Griffen
5. Xavier Rhodes
6. Shariff Floyd
7. Matt Kalil
8. Brandon Fusco
9. Audie Cole
10. Jerick McKinnon
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I predict Griffen to statistically be a top 3 DE in the North
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

truly an imaginative and witty thread title.

Applause
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agree on the thread title, brilliant.

Love that he got selected for "Making the Leap". Rhodes was #24, predict that Patterson will be top 5 -- the only team with 3 players included.

Duff Man wrote:
Have you guys seen Griffen in any of those OTA vids posted on the Vikings site?!

Dude looks friggin STACKED


He works out a bit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYldsNPBl4w
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

compare and contrast DE's Ev Griffen with Ray Edwards...

both had some immaturity and anti-authority issues in college which threw up red flags. yet Griffen has done soooo well in overcoming his attitude problems, and focusing on his career and providing for his family.

Edwards...? not so much.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

some Griffen highlights:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2IynSifboY

sure has motivated pursuit skills. guy doesn't give up on the play.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Krauser wrote:
Agree on the thread title, brilliant.

Love that he got selected for "Making the Leap". Rhodes was #24, predict that Patterson will be top 5 -- the only team with 3 players included.

Which is exciting, if Patterson is indeed on the list.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jshowers wrote:
In terms of who I am most excited to watch improve/progress this year:

1. Teddy Bridgewater
2. Cordarrelle Patterson
3. Anthony Barr
4. Everson Griffen
5. Xavier Rhodes
6. Shariff Floyd
7. Matt Kalil
8. Brandon Fusco
9. Audie Cole
10. Jerick McKinnon

Very solid list jshow. I think I would bump Rhodes up to #3 and slide Barr to #4 moving Griffen down to #5. I think I would actually have McKinnon higher at #6. Probably have a much better list when TC rolls around and we see some preseason games.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know.

I'm somewhat of the let's-wait-and-see viewpoint on Griffen, like I am with pretty well the entire team going into the 2014 season.

I want to see what he looks like when he's asked to play every down and is matched up against left tackles.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CriminalMind wrote:
I predict Griffen to statistically be a top 3 DE in the North


I could see it.

I don't see him having great sack numbers, but I think 10 sacks should be a realistic bet. I more so want to see the QB hurries and see him force turnovers from the offense.

He's one of my top 5 Vikings players I'm very excited to see this year.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

vike daddy wrote:
some Griffen highlights:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2IynSifboY

sure has motivated pursuit skills. guy doesn't give up on the play.


He has all the makings of a star. He has grown up. He has a family to look after. He has pride and ability. The sky is the limit for this guy. Good for us!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know you guys. Griffen is the one player I'm most worried about going into this season. He is replacing Jared Allen, who was a super star in his prime years. Even with awesome coaching I don't see that kind of potential in Griffen.

To me, he seems like a player who flashes some good plays from time to time, but is otherwise pretty quiet out there. I see his ceiling as being somewhat better than Ray Edwards, but quite a ways south of Jared Allen.

I hope I'm wrong, but if he doesn't work out, we will need Barr to be an absolute stud. If not, we will have a very average pass rush, and overall defense.

I'm just going to remain cautiously hopeful about Griffen going into the season.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holding Griffen to the standard of Jared Allen probably is not fair given that Allen is a hall of fame player. However, I dont think it will be very difficult for Griffen to be more effective than 2013 Allen. Allen was poor last year and offered little consistency as a pass rusher.

I dont see Ray Edwards at all. Edwards was a good run defender and offered little as a pass rusher on his own. Griffen on the other hand is a very good natural pass rusher and projects well to RE.

If Griffen can be comparable to Michael Johnson, the Vikes will be fine.
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