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Griffen giving Vikings another solid pass rusher

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 28, 2012 at 4:41 pm •  Published: December 28, 2012

"He's come so far," coach Leslie Frazier said. "Being able to manage his free time, understanding what it means to be a pro and act like a pro, both at practice and in games as well, and off the field. He's one of those guys, as we speak, that has really bought in to the right way of doing things."

Griffen has the quickness to excel at his position. Defensive coordinator Alan Williams, looking at video of the players he inherited soon after he was hired before this season, recalled watching Griffen in action for the first time.

"There was a blur going across the screen and I was thinking, 'Is that a linebacker? Is that a safety running across the field?'" Williams said. "And I went back and forth a couple of times and I got my program out and looked at it, and it was Everson Griffen. I looked at his height and weight and I was thinking, 'Wow, we have something here.'"

Griffen has moved to defensive tackle in the nickel scheme when opponents are likely to pass, with Letroy Guion coming out. He also gives Allen and Robison breaks from time to time at end. With Robison questionable to play this Sunday against Green Bay, Griffen is certain to see significant time on the field again. His greatest value is being able to drop back in coverage on zone-blitz calls or get to the quarterback on a rush just as quickly.

"I knew they could count on me from the very beginning, but I proved to them that they really can now," Griffen said. "It's a good feeling. I just want to go out there and keep on improving and helping this team win. That's all I want to do."

NOTES: CB Antoine Winfield was listed as questionable with knee and hand soreness. RB Adrian Peterson, who has been bothered by an abdominal injury, was listed as probable. ... Frazier said Robison has improved but wants to gauge Robison's assessment of his condition before clearing him to play. ... Winfield will wear a wrap with protective padding on his hand. He didn't practice all week, but part of that is his veteran privilege. "Just being cautious today, but I think he'll be ready," Frazier said.


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