Vikings considering making Jayron Kearse a linebacker

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The Vikings are apparently considering a position switch for one of their players after the draft.

According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Vikings are looking into moving safety Jayron Kearse to weakside linebacker.

Kearse played linebacker in high school, but at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds he’d be undersized there.

The Vikings used a sixth-round pick on safety Marcus Epps and didn’t add anyone at outside linebacker, so there’s room for an experiment for Kearse if that’s the way they decide to go.

The 2016 seventh-rounder is primarily a special teamer, as he played just 19.4 percent of the defensive snaps last year.

31 responses to “Vikings considering making Jayron Kearse a linebacker

  1. I could see them experimenting with Kearse in a hybrid safety-linebacker role, as a few other teams have used, but they aren’t going to change him into a traditional linebacker. They have more outside linebackers than they do backup safeties. After the two starters, the only other safeties on the roster are a couple rookies, an AAF player, and Kearse.

  2. Kearse has some position flexibility, loved last year when he was able to step in as a nickel back and played well when he got the chance. I think this role would be similar being the 3rd LB on the filed in passing downs and matching up with RB or TE. He made a big jump last year, if he is still progressing would be nice to find ways to get him on the field.

  3. @ 215 lbs, good luck holding the edge on running plays where you are giving away 100 lbs to the offensive tackle in front of you. Does this make sense at all?

  4. Since when is 6’4″ 215lbs “undersized?” Who is he going to have to tackle that is bigger than that?

  5. filthymcnasty3 says:
    April 30, 2019 at 4:14 pm
    And maybe Cousins would be more useful as a punter.

    Kurt Cousins is no Danny White.

  6. He actually played quite a bit in hybrid positioning last year.

    Heck, as far as LB news, this article is much more enlightening than reading about a former team’s LB grousing that his old team continued to show no respect for him after he was already unceremoniously pushed to the wayside.

  7. peoriaviking says:
    April 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm
    Since when is 6’4″ 215lbs “undersized?” Who is he going to have to tackle that is bigger than that?

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    Every Tackle is bigger than that

  8. maybe we should do something idiotic too like switch Treadwell to running back.
    No team would ever be that stupid and ignorant.

  9. Reading is fundamental, the question is “who will he have to tackle bigger than him?” Yes, all pro tackles are bigger than him, that’s funny. I love it, the Vikings need to match up better against backs like Kamara coming out of the backfield catching 15 passes a game. My only question is WHY HAS IT TAKEN THE DEFENSIVE EXPERT SO LONG TO ADDRESS IT?!!! Also its refreshing that it’s actually about football and not some crybaby whining about his number on a team he doesn’t play for that did not want him anymore. Real life, who needs fiction. LOL

  10. A hybrid safety / linebacker. We had George Ilona last year and never used him that way. With teams scheming to get a linebacker on a WR, this could be a really plus if this is the right guy. Remember Barr last year trying to cover a WR? But this could give us a chance in those situations.

  11. Lol, how delicious after Viking fans gave us so much crap for converting a safety to corner and wr to rb. We will see if it works I guess.

  12. For some reason I’ve always felt like he could be playing more than he does. He’s not a small guy. 6’3” 215 pounds is pretty good size so if he adds 10 or 15 pounds he’d be right there. I’ve always figured with his blood line and size he should be on the field more often. Pretty good special teams player and he did have his best year last year so this would hardly be a stretch. Hopefully he looks at this as a great opportunity to get on the field and make a good career for himself.

  13. Frazier28/7 says:
    April 30, 2019 at 4:50 pm
    maybe we should do something idiotic too like switch Treadwell to running back.
    No team would ever be that stupid and ignorant.
    ____________

    Well I did see Bill Bellichick do it with Cordarrelle Patterson after the Vikings didn’t know what to do with him.
    And that was somewhat successful, but leave it to a Barney to call a future Hall of Fame coach stupid and ignorant.
    Runs in the same vein as your selfish and arrogant WR yelling profanities at him, I guess.

  14. filthymcnasty3 says:
    April 30, 2019 at 4:14 pm
    And maybe Cousins would be more useful as a punter.
    %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%5
    Mr McN..
    Shouldn’t you be spending you time and energy supporting your last placed Packers right now?
    That is instead of trolling other teams??

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