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Report: Vikings’ pitch to Mychal Kendricks included more than just base defense role

By Matthew Coller

Normally when a free agent visitor leaves town after their visit without a contract, that means they are going to sign elsewhere. But linebacker Mychal Kendricks still doesn’t have a contract following visits with the Vikings, Raiders and Browns.

He visited the Vikings last Wednesday. The Vikings’ defense rarely uses three linebackers on the field and already has its two starting linebackers in Mychal’s brother Eric and Anthony Barr.

KSTP-TV’s Darren Wolfson reported Friday that the Vikings’ pitch to Mychal Kendricks included ways they could have him on the field in more than just personnel groupings with three linebackers.

“I do know the Vikings feel good about their pitch,” Wolfson said on Mackey and Judd Friday. “It involves him being on the field more than just in the base defense. I didn’t get all the specifics but does that mean Anthony Barr has his hand on the ground? I think Mike Zimmer looked at Philadelphia and looked at how they rotated.”

As Wolfson mentioned, one of the options would be to use Anthony Barr at edge rusher in certain situations. Barr could also line up over the guard and rush the passer on third downs. Kendricks could also fit in as a rusher. While he only has two sacks in the last two seasons, Kendricks had 11.0 sacks over a three year span from 2013 to 2015.

Meanwhile, I heard Mychal Kendricks visit with the #Vikings went “awesome” and he “got along well” with the #Raiders coaches during his visit in Oakland. Still a great pick up for many defenses out there. 2nd leading tackler for the #Eagles last season (77). Super Bowl champ.

— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) June 1, 2018

The post Report: Vikings’ pitch to Mychal Kendricks included more than just base defense role appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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