Welcome to the latest installment of the Vikings Territory Training Camp Primer series focusing on Everson Griffen, Danielle Hunter and the Minnesota Vikings’ Defensive End position.
Minnesota has long been home to a handful of the most talented and devastating defensive ends in NFL history. Players such as Chris Doleman and Carl Eller began a lasting tradition that was reinvigorated by the acquisition of Jared Allen in 2008 following roughly a decade of substandard play. All three Vikings greats are gone now, but their legacy remains intact, and a new wave of purple and gold defensive ends has begun to make its mark since Mike Zimmer took control in 2014.
Since Zimmer’s arrival, Everson Griffen has established himself as one of the most well-rounded and effective 4-3 defensive ends in professional football; Brian Robison has continued to play at a high level well into his 30s; and former third-round pick Danielle Hunter has only scratched the surface of a potential that appears destined to dominate opposing offensive tackles for the next decade.
Who will join these three Vikings mainstays as part of potentially the best 4-3 defensive end group in the NFL? Well, that is what training camp is for, my friends.