Harrison Smith: Good to have some new faces on defense

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The Vikings said farewell to several long-term members of their defense this offseason and they’ll be filling those slots without the usual amount of time to work together in the offseason, but that’s not causing safety Harrison Smith much concern about what the future will hold.

Smith met with reporters from Vikings camp on Friday and said that he “didn’t know we were supposed to be bad” as a result of the departures of players like Everson Griffen, Linval Joseph, Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes, Andrew Sendejo, Stephen Weatherly and Mackensie Alexander.

“It’s good to have that mix. It’s good to have some new faces,” Smith said, via Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Smith will still be playing alongside Anthony Harris at safety and the Vikings have Danielle Hunter, Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks back as key parts of the front seven. They’ll have to make do without defensive tackle Michael Pierce after he opted out of playing this season, but there’s still a core of experienced players that should make the transition a bit easier in Minnesota.

8 responses to “Harrison Smith: Good to have some new faces on defense

  1. There will be an adjustment for the Vikings this year with all the new faces. AA+ draft so lookout for 2021.

  2. There may be a little bit of an adjustment period, but I think this YOUNG squad will flourish over the next few years.

  3. Should be interesting to see how many of these rookies play major roles after not having much practice together. What they lack in experience, maybe they can make up for in talent.

  4. He’s as delighted as anyone to have a new mix of players who hopefully won’t continually come up small in big games, as their overrated predecessors have done so many times.

    Good luck with that.

  5. These young rookies should be able to out perform last years aging veterans. Same scheme with new young athletic talent. Sounds good to me! Skol Vikings!!!

  6. Smith met with reporters from Vikings camp on Friday and said that he “didn’t know we were supposed to be bad”

    +++++

    You weren’t supposed to be. But you will be. That’s what makes the recent extensions handed out so perplexing.

  7. Just like the new faces energize the coaches it should do the same for the returning starters. Hopefully the rookies are fast learners.
    I agree with Harrison in that I didn’t know the defense was supposed to be bad either. Skol

  8. packerlies says:
    August 7, 2020 at 10:43 pm
    Smith met with reporters from Vikings camp on Friday and said that he “didn’t know we were supposed to be bad”

    +++++

    You weren’t supposed to be. But you will be. That’s what makes the recent extensions handed out so perplexing.

    ——-
    LOL… Appropriate name.

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