Ifeadi Odenigbo on replacing Everson Griffen: I’m taking that approach

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The Vikings may not have completely shut the door on Everson Griffen’s return, but the veteran defensive end remains a free agent at the moment.

That means it’s likelier that they’ll be finding a new partner for Danielle Hunter off the edge of their defensive line. Ifeadi Odenigbo said on a Thursday conference call that he’s aiming to be that person.

“I’m taking that approach,” Odenigbo said, via the Pioneer Press. “I’ve seen my development from the preseason when I was pass rushing to Week 14, when I started to get in the groove. . . .  I had a breakout year, but my approach this year is being more efficient.”

Odenigbo had 23 tackles, seven sacks, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble while playing on 34 percent of the team’s defensive snaps last year.

6 responses to “Ifeadi Odenigbo on replacing Everson Griffen: I’m taking that approach

  1. Another Andre Patterson project turning into a solid defensive end. He’ll probably never be what Griffen was but he should be able to give them about what Griffen gave them last year.

  2. Okay, this comparison is a little wonky because all snaps aren’t created equal and you don’t know how many are run snaps and how many are pass snaps, etc., but I prorated Odenigbo’s stats from last year to what they would be if he had the same number of snaps that Griffen had. Odenigbo had 368 snaps and Griffen had 848 snaps.

    With 848 snaps, Odenigbo projects to 16 sacks, 53 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 30 QB hits, 9 hurries, and 16 knockdowns.

    Last year, Griffen had 8 sacks, 41 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 24 QB hits, 13 hurries, and 13 knockdowns.

    Don’t expect the prorated numbers this year, but it does seem likely he can do what Griffen did.

  3. Between the D-line (1,820) and the cornerbacks (2,097) the Vikings have a ton of defense snaps to replace the upcoming season.

    Luckily all the guys who didn’t play those snaps last year are as good or better than the guys who did. I’m told.

  4. The ability of the vikings to find mid to late round defensive ends and develop them into above average to star players is extremely impressive. This has been going on too long now for it to be a fluke.

  5. finchy74 says:
    May 22, 2020 at 11:09 am

    The ability of the vikings to find mid to late round defensive ends and develop them into above average to star players is extremely impressive. This has been going on too long now for it to be a fluke.
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    Andre Patterson is the magic to developing these guys. He is highly admired by the players, because he is at the same time developing values and life lessons to become better men.

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