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Notebook: Desmond Bishop To Start On The Outside

By: Aj Mansour |


Minneapolis, MN – The practices have not even begun at 2013 Minnesota Vikings Training Camp and we already have a little clarification on one of our ‘Five starting positions that may be up for grabs.

As Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier met with the media for the first time before camp kicked off, he provided player updates stemming from acquisitions and off season programs. One of the player situations that he discussed was surrounding Desmond Bishop and the middle linebacker spot that is currently occupied by Erin Henderson.

“We talked about starting [Desmond] off maybe as an outside linebacker knowing that we can always move him back inside,” Frazier said Thursday afternoon.

Bishop, who claims that he will have “no limitations” from his brutal leg injury as camp begins, spent the past three seasons working as an inside linebacker in Green Bay’s troublesome 3-4 defensive set. It wouldn’t appear that Frazier or the Vikings have any doubts that Bishop is capable of filling the inside role, but they want to give him time to get acclimated to the way things are done in Minnesota before throwing in the added pressure of leading the defense from the middle.

“We feel like that will be the place that we want to start him at and let him continue to grow from there,” Frazier continued. “Part of what we do at this time of the year, because he’s coming so late, what we’re trying to accomplish is get him up to speed on how we do things from a defensive standpoint because we line up a little different from what he’s done in the past. We’ve got to kind of indoctrinate him into our way of doing things from a defensive standpoint and we think the best way of getting that done is starting him on the outside.”

If push comes to shove, it sounds like Frazier would be comfortable with Bishop on the outside and Erin Henderson in the middle claiming that Bishops athleticism and blitzing ability makes him a good fit for the outside of the Vikings defensive scheme. Still, most would assume that by the time that camp wraps up in the middle of August, Bishop will be at least splitting repetitions in the middle with Erin to see what he can do.

Either way, the flexibility is a big asset for the Vikings, and Bishop doesn’t seem to be too torn up about the early decision.

“At this point, just playing football is the best thing for me,” Bishop added as he reported to Training Camp Thursday. “It’s a been a long time for me so I’m just anxious to get out there and show what I can do.”

Bishop and Jennings will be roommates:
Coming to a new team there is always going to be an adjustment period that you go through as you work to remember the names of your teammates, take notes on which personalities you click with, all the while as you try to study and memorize a new team’s playbooks. Having a buddy to go through that journey with you could be invaluable.

Such is the case with former Packers and current Vikings players Greg Jennings and Desmond Bishop who plan to room together during their time in Mankato.

All rookies have signed their contracts and will report to camp:
Well, the clock was just about to strike midnight but in bing, bang, boom fashion Rick Spielman and the Vikings got all three of their first round draft picks signed to their rookie deals Thursday morning before players reported to Mankato for Training Camp.

Details surrounding the deals have not yet been released but as most first round deals go, they will likely be four-year contracts with an option for a fifth year. The negotiating and delay was almost certainly surrounding guaranteed money and where the players slotted in to the new rookie pay scale.

Later Thursday afternoon Sharrif Floyd, Xavier Rhodes and Cordarrelle Patterson all reported to Training Camp ready to get in on the action and officially begin their careers as NFL players.

Greg Childs likely to start on PUP list:
It’s been a long road to recovery for second-year player Greg Childs who missed all of last season after tearing patellar tendons in both of his knees during last year’s Training Camp. Unfortunately for him, it looks as if that journey is not over quite yet.

Despite having taken part in limited action during the team’s Mini Camps and OTAs, it appears as if the plan is to start Childs on the Preseason Physically Unable to Perform List (PUP List) to begin the team’s Training Camp.

By this designation it’s tough to say how far away Childs is from returning to full time action as league rules state that a player can be taken off of the Preseason PUP list at any time during the preseason. If he continues to show signs of improvement, he could be removed from that list as early as Friday evening.

John Sullivan may be limited:
Another player recovering from injury during the offseason has been All-Pro center John Sullivan. Sullivan underwent micro-fracture surgery on his knee during this offseason and has been a sideline observer at all of the team’s offseason training programs. Sullivan told KFAN earlier this week that he has no doubts he will be ready for the season but may have to take the preseason one day at a time.

Thursday afternoon, Coach Frazier added that they will be paying close attention to Sullivan’s health and plan to limit his repetitions during camp so that they can better assess his pain tolerance and actual recovery pace.

Aj Mansour covers Minnesota Sports for Feel free to leave comments and questions regarding this post in the space provided below. For Vikings updates and breaking Vikings news, follow Aj on Twitter. @AjKFAN

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