After putting together double digit sacks in the last two seasons, Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen is getting some high praise from an NFL.com analyst.
In the last few years, Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen has been imposing his will on tackles across the league. His spin move is second to none. He is finally getting the respect and attention he deserves.
Putting Griffen on a line with Linval Joseph, Sharrif Floyd, and Brian Robison or Danielle Hunter, has helped him really show off his skills and put pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
Griffen has been improving every year. His work ethic is second to none. The fourth round pick has always played with that chip on his shoulder. Griffen is the perfect fit for the hard working, blue collar defense Mike Zimmer leads.
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After making his first Pro Bowl last season, people in the national media are starting to take notice of the terror Griffen is on opposing quarterbacks.
NFL.com posed a question to their analysts. They asked who they thought would be the NFL’s sack leader for the upcoming season.
Most of the analysts, 4 of 6, named Raiders defensive end/linebacker Khalil Mack. One named Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah.
Bucky Brooks, who has been sighted holding the Vikings in high regard over the last season, predicts that Everson Griffen will lead the league in sacks next season.
This is what he had to say about Griffen and his prediction.
"Everson Griffen will take full advantage of increased pass-rushing opportunitiesEverson Griffen will lead the league in sacks this season because the Vikings are a team that, more often than not, should be playing from ahead. The emergence of Minnesota’s offense with Adrian Peterson, Teddy Bridgewater and weapons in the passing game ( Stefon Diggs, Laquon Treadwell and Kyle Rudolph) will give the team early leads, allowing the defense to hunt. In the past, the Vikings have been in a lot of close games, so the defense hasn’t been able to attack. Now that the Vikings are going to be playing against teams that are chasing points, Griffen will have more opportunities to get after the passer."
Brooks makes a good point. With the Vikings playing in so many close games last year, the defense had to play with more of a conservative approach. The Vikings defense has Pro Bowl players at almost every level, especially on the line.
Vikings fans know exactly what Griffen is capable of. This will be the season that the rest of the league will learn.