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Bleacher Report – Vikings

Vikings’ options at middle linebacker bring assortment of traits

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Mike Zimmer wants to instill a hit-first mentality for his football team, and one of the most overhauled positions is currently at the forefront of that lesson.

The Vikings will start a third different middle linebacker in the fourth exhibition on Saturday at Dallas, giving third-year linebacker Gerald Hodges a turn after rookie Eric Kendricks started last week, ending Audie Cole’s two-exhibition run as the preseason starter.

The competition wasn’t as open last year, when Jasper Brinkley started all four preseason games and beat Cole for…

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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