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Desmond Bishop healthy but not starting yet

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Linebacker Desmond Bishop landed into the Vikings’ laps last month, after the Packers dumped the veteran’s salary.  The biggest concern came from the hamstring tear that put Bishop on injured reserve for all of 2012.

According to Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Bishop is showing “no visible signs” of injury.  Still, Bishop remains behind Marvin Mitchell at weakside linebacker.

Originally, the thinking was that Bishop would compete with Erin Henderson at middle linebacker.  Bishop opened camp on the outside, and he has remained there through the first week of practice.

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42 Responses to “Desmond Bishop healthy but not starting yet”
  1. unbiasfan says: Jul 31, 2013 11:25 PM

    Ted Thompson is going to end up regretting letting go of him…

  2. packerswin96 says: Jul 31, 2013 11:30 PM

    Just watch the Vikings screw it up and play him outside!

  3. wtfru2 says: Jul 31, 2013 11:34 PM

    I think Erin surprised the Vikings. With brother EJ’s help, he is actually turning into a good middle linebacker.The practice’s I’ve watched, he looks better than Desmond, but it’s really nice having him for backup insurance. But then again he’s been off for a year and is learning a new system.

    Only time will tell, after the pre-season games, if he starts in the linebacker corps. The thing I like about him is he’s not a whiner..

  4. nflpoker says: Jul 31, 2013 11:44 PM

    packerswin96 says:
    Jul 31, 2013 11:30 PM
    Just watch the Vikings screw it up and play him outside!
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    Just like a Packer fan.

  5. aa1829 says: Aug 1, 2013 12:13 AM

    Good player, and an even better man. I don’t think we used him properly, but I don’t regret the Pack letting him go with his injury and salary. Go Packers Go.

  6. hammerhead75 says: Aug 1, 2013 12:20 AM

    packerswin96 says: Jul 31, 2013 11:30 PM

    Just watch the Vikings screw it up and play him outside!
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    The “Mack” inside linebacker position, which Bishop played a lot of, is very similar to the 4-3 “Will” that he will be playing in Minny. It should give him more opportunities to blitz and lay some wood on opposing quarterbacks.

  7. packerblitz says: Aug 1, 2013 12:52 AM

    unbiasfan says:
    Jul 31, 2013 11:25 PM
    Ted Thompson is going to end up regretting letting go of him…

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    LOL no he isn’t. You do realize he started for that horrible D in 2011 that finished 32nd and didn’t play a snap in 2012 for the D that ranked 11th, right?

  8. vikingsgohard says: Aug 1, 2013 12:53 AM

    Harrison smith started the year behind other players last year … I like the fact we don’t just give these positions away… And there’s healthy competitions going on …best product deserves to be on the field

  9. allday28mvpmvp says: Aug 1, 2013 1:10 AM

    Bishop well earn reps forsure. He lead the team in tackles in GB just a couple years ago

  10. okemon says: Aug 1, 2013 2:41 AM

    all indications are he is still adjusting to the different schemes, he flashes at times and then looks somewhat hesitant. He’ll pick it up.

  11. okemon says: Aug 1, 2013 2:43 AM

    and I’ll add if he doesn’t start, the vikes still win. competition is great.

  12. mnmarine0351 says: Aug 1, 2013 2:53 AM

    Cant complain about picking the guy up with the contract he signed and I trust the leaders of this team to play both Bishop and Henderson where they will be most effective for the team. Best case he joins Sharper and Longwell as great pickups for a few years and worse case the Vikes are no worse off than before GB cut him. Not too many cant lose situations in football but this seems to be one.

  13. lnfinite says: Aug 1, 2013 3:09 AM

    Comeback player of the year 2013…………..

  14. GenXJay says: Aug 1, 2013 6:08 AM

    packerwin96, you must be a scout? a coach? any pro football experience? okay, then shut your face.
    Bishop is fulfilling depth. common sense would be to bring an prior injured player along slowly. especially on a new team w/different schemes.

  15. whatjusthapped says: Aug 1, 2013 7:19 AM

    Bishop was a good player before the injury. But the truth is he was never that fast, fast enough to play in the middle but lacks NFL speed to play outside LB.

    The Viking have shown an amazing consistency to blow a good deal. (ie, 12 man in the huddle at a critical pt in a championship game, a FG wide left, the first miss in the entire season in another) so why is anyone surprised they would play him on the outside? To paraphrase a New England term, its the Viking way.

  16. gtodriver says: Aug 1, 2013 8:05 AM

    packerswin96 says:

    Just watch the Vikings screw it up and play him outside!
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    Yeah, I hope we screw him up just like we screwed up Ryan Longwell…

    Longwell was (and still is) the all time scoring leader in GB, before Packer management refused to pay him after the 2005 season.

    Longwell had the best seasons of his 15 year NFL career AFTER leaving the wasteland that is Green Bay.

    That would include going 8 for 8 from over 50 yards from 2008 through 2009.

  17. gbmickey says: Aug 1, 2013 8:17 AM

    He hasnt cracked the line up what does that tell you? He has no speed left. You watch the liability he will be against passing teams.

  18. stellarperformance says: Aug 1, 2013 8:28 AM

    I don’t hold any grudges against Bishop. I wish him the best, just not at the expense of the Packers. Whatever the useless banter between rabid fans on this site amounts to is the result of hopeful and wishful thinking on both sides of the fence. The only real truths during training camp for each of the teams in the “Central” Division is; Vikings, Bears, Lions…..beat the Packers. Packers;…..win the division. Until and unless that pecking order changes, that’s what you’re dealing with.

  19. silentfreedom5 says: Aug 1, 2013 10:15 AM

    Bishop is in the second unit as he learns the Vikes system, and shakes off the rust. The Vikes dont hand anyone starters roles, they have to earn it. Also, Bishops skill set, including his amazing ability to shed blocks so well are a better fit on the outside, and Erin Henderson has been getting very good reviews in the middle. Marvin Mitchel probably wont be the starter, but Bishop needs to earn the role

  20. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 1, 2013 10:18 AM

    packerblitz says:Aug 1, 2013 12:52 AM

    You do realize he started for that horrible D in 2011 that finished 32nd and didn’t play a snap in 2012 for the D that ranked 11th, right?
    ________

    You do realize Aaron Rodgers started for a team that finished 6-10 in 2008 after not playing for a team that finished 13-3 in 2007, right? Therefore, he sucks. Same logic.

  21. packerblitz says: Aug 1, 2013 11:15 AM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    Aug 1, 2013 10:18 AM
    packerblitz says:Aug 1, 2013 12:52 AM

    You do realize he started for that horrible D in 2011 that finished 32nd and didn’t play a snap in 2012 for the D that ranked 11th, right?
    ________

    You do realize Aaron Rodgers started for a team that finished 6-10 in 2008 after not playing for a team that finished 13-3 in 2007, right? Therefore, he sucks. Same logic.

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    Why don’t you just get started making plans for the 2020 offseason so you guys can make a run for Rodgers? The Packers will worry about drafting and developing stars and you can try to get the scraps later.

  22. vikingsrulez69 says: Aug 1, 2013 11:50 AM

    @rick

    I wouldn’t waste your time engaging packer fans. It’s a lose-lose proposition.

  23. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 1, 2013 11:50 AM

    packerblitz says:Aug 1, 2013 11:15 AM

    Why don’t you just get started making plans for the 2020 offseason so you guys can make a run for Rodgers? The Packers will worry about drafting and developing stars and you can try to get the scraps later.
    ____

    I think the Vikings are doing just fine in the “drafting and developing” department. Can you name all of those “stars” the Packers have drafted and developed? I can think of Rodgers and Matthews.

    Meanwhile, since Rodgers was drafted, the Vikings have drafted Chad Greenway, Adrian Peterson, John Sullivan, Percy Harvin, Kyle Rudolph, Matt Kalil, and Blair Walsh, all of whom have been recognized as All-Pro and/or Pro Bowl players. Not to mention solid starters like Harrison Smith, Everson Griffen, Phil Loadholt, Letroy Guion, and Brian Robison. Also not to mention Sharrif Floyd, Xavier Rhodes, and Cordarrelle Patterson, who all have a chance to be legitimate stars.

  24. rikker12 says: Aug 1, 2013 12:32 PM

    packerblitz says:Aug 1, 2013 11:15 AM

    Why don’t you just get started making plans for the 2020 offseason so you guys can make a run for Rodgers? The Packers will worry about drafting and developing stars and you can try to get the scraps later.
    ____

    I think the Vikings are doing just fine in the “drafting and developing” department. Can you name all of those “stars” the Packers have drafted and developed? I can think of Rodgers and Matthews.

    Meanwhile, since Rodgers was drafted, the Vikings have drafted Chad Greenway, Adrian Peterson, John Sullivan, Percy Harvin, Kyle Rudolph, Matt Kalil, and Blair Walsh, all of whom have been recognized as All-Pro and/or Pro Bowl players. Not to mention solid starters like Harrison Smith, Everson Griffen, Phil Loadholt, Letroy Guion, and Brian Robison. Also not to mention Sharrif Floyd, Xavier Rhodes, and Cordarrelle Patterson, who all have
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    You need to think more outside of the Minnesota cool aid. You need to look at the Packers roster again, there fruit cake. I’m not going to list all the players… too many.

  25. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 1, 2013 1:38 PM

    As the late great Bud Grant once said, “Viking fans are small people, living small lives, beneath the giant shadow of the Green Bay Packers”.

  26. mnmarine0351 says: Aug 1, 2013 1:54 PM

    As usual troll are attempting to take over the comments section. Fellow Vikings fans please just ignore them. Truth be told im sure their own fanbase is ashamed of them or at least should be. They want your reaction, dont give it to them

  27. gdeli says: Aug 1, 2013 2:03 PM

    marvin Mitchell is no slouch himself. The vikes have some good depth at lb. go vikes!

  28. Norseman says: Aug 1, 2013 2:30 PM

    Funny how Packer fans just a few months ago all agreed Bishop was a better LB than Hawk when healthy.

    Now he’s healthy and they think he sucks.

    And TT is a genius.

    LOL

  29. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 1, 2013 2:31 PM

    rikker12 says:Aug 1, 2013 12:32 PM

    You need to think more outside of the Minnesota cool aid. You need to look at the Packers roster again, there fruit cake. I’m not going to list all the players… too many.
    _____

    Yeah, that’s what I thought. You couldn’t think of any, either.

  30. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 1, 2013 2:34 PM

    vikingsrulez69 says:Aug 1, 2013 11:50 AM

    @rick

    I wouldn’t waste your time engaging packer fans. It’s a lose-lose proposition.
    _____

    Why would I come here, then? Destroying Packer fans who think they’re oh so clever is great entertainment for me and others.

  31. gbpshareholder says: Aug 1, 2013 4:00 PM

    you have to laugh at all the Viking fans clamoring to talk smack about how their team is great and the Packers suck… seems to me the only position where the Vike’s get better production than the Packers is at running back… if running backs win super bowls for a team… then those Purple Punks would have won something in the last 10 year… but alas they haven’t!!! GO PACK GO!!!

  32. deltaoracle says: Aug 1, 2013 4:13 PM

    Magician, I’d add Bulaga, Burnett, Cobb, Hayward, J.Jones, Nelson, Shields and Sitton to Matthews as some of the top players the Packers have developed in the past few years. Not to mention a bunch of solid players – so I won’t mention them. And unlike Heidi fans, I won’t annoint any members of this year’s draft class as future sure bets for Canton – even though they “have a chance.”

  33. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 1, 2013 4:24 PM

    deltaoracle says:Aug 1, 2013 4:13 PM

    Magician, I’d add Bulaga, Burnett, Cobb, Hayward, J.Jones, Nelson, Shields and Sitton to Matthews as some of the top players the Packers have developed in the past few years. Not to mention a bunch of solid players – so I won’t mention them. And unlike Heidi fans, I won’t annoint any members of this year’s draft class as future sure bets for Canton – even though they “have a chance.”
    ________

    Okay, I guess we have a different definition of “stars.” I’m talking about All-Pro and Pro Bowl players; you’re not.

  34. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 1, 2013 4:35 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 1, 2013 2:34 PM

    Why would I come here, then? Destroying Packer fans who think they’re oh so clever is great entertainment for me and others.

    **********************************************

    Sounds interesting.

    When do you plan on starting?

  35. lambeauandlombardi says: Aug 1, 2013 4:59 PM

    Why would I come here, then? Destroying Packer fans who think they’re oh so clever is great entertainment for me and others.
    ………………………………………………………………………………

    Not nearly as entertaining as watching, listening to, and reading comments from a fanbase that has had to endure 50 plus years of futility and watching their team get humiliated in 4 Superbowls. I don`t care what anyone says, that`s funny.

  36. lambeauandlombardi says: Aug 1, 2013 5:02 PM

    Okay, I guess we have a different definition of “stars.” I’m talking about All-Pro and Pro Bowl players; you’re not.
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    Remind us again-how many Superbowl rings are those All-pros and Pro-bowl players wearing?

  37. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 1, 2013 5:38 PM

    Oh wait, I forgot about one other guy the Packers drafted and developed into a Pro Bowl player: Greg Jennings.

  38. stellarperformance says: Aug 1, 2013 7:37 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    Aug 1, 2013 5:38 PM
    Oh wait, I forgot about one other guy the Packers drafted and developed into a Pro Bowl player: Greg Jennings
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    That was then…….this is now. You keep wishing, and we’ll keep winning. Thanks for playing!

  39. themike31 says: Aug 2, 2013 11:54 AM

    Must be frustrating for the Vikings to have the most well-drafted roster in the history of the world and the best running back ever…and still not be able to compete with such an inferior franchise when they finally do make the playoffs.

    On the bright side, Adrian Peterson might get to retire with the same amount of playoff victories as legends like Tony Romo.

  40. boothlustig says: Aug 2, 2013 3:21 PM

    This issue like any other issue means nothing until Greg Jennings comments.

  41. whatjusthapped says: Aug 3, 2013 4:58 PM

    Or Greg Jennings sister, whoever tweets first.

  42. banlarson says: Aug 5, 2013 7:55 PM

    What’s funny is everyone knows GB is only a playoff team because of one guy. Now they lose their best lineman, and GB goes from top seed to tied with Detroit for 3rd best. Rogers is going to get killed this year with that OL.

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