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    Part-timer Ray Edwards rushing up depth chart

    [size=13pt]Part-timer Edwards rushing up depth chart[/size]

    As the Vikings look for ways to improve their pass defense, one player is getting a long spring look at their premier rushing position.

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    I really like hearing about Fraziers more aggressive style. We are gonna play more man, and if we can't get pressure with our front four the blitz is coming.

    Add in the competition we are hearing about, along with hopefully the return of a healthy Erasmus James, Udeze moving back to his natural side, we should get some push from the end posistion. I think we could get around 45+ sacks this year.
    That would surely improve our pass defense. SKOL.

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    Quote "Frazier has introduced several new wrinkles to the Vikings' pass rush he said should benefit Edwards' style."

    That's what a good coach does! Uses his players strengths to their best advantage.

    I felt Tomlin may have been missing a little of that adaptability.

    I wasn't thrilled to get someone from a team that didn't have much defense,Colts. But I like the fact he played for Buddy Ryan and has that aggressive defensive mentality.
    And the more I hear from him, the more I like him.

    James may not be ready early on so Edwards could be the man.

    He shows flashes of great play at times. If he could do it consistantly, he could start.

    He is kind of light. I was surprised to see he weighs in the 260's.
    Kind of a tweener like Doleman, or the new guy Robison.

    My hope is James comes back 100%. He showed some pretty good work before his injury.
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    Re: Part-timer Ray Edwards rushing up depth chart

    I really liked what we saw rom edwards last year, unfortunatly he tailed off, which can happen with Rookies
    But if he can maintain that level he could turn out to be a solid DE. I really like the DE depth Udezee, Robison, James, and Scott.

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    Re: Part-timer Ray Edwards rushing up depth chart

    "jargomcfargo" wrote:
    Quote "Frazier has introduced several new wrinkles to the Vikings' pass rush he said should benefit Edwards' style."

    That's what a good coach does! Uses his players strengths to their best advantage.

    I felt Tomlin may have been missing a little of that adaptability.

    I wasn't thrilled to get someone from a team that didn't have much defense,Colts. But I like the fact he played for Buddy Ryan and has that aggressive defensive mentality.
    And the more I hear from him, the more I like him.

    James may not be ready early on so Edwards could be the man.

    He shows flashes of great play at times. If he could do it consistantly, he could start.

    He is kind of light. I was surprised to see he weighs in the 260's.
    Kind of a tweener like Doleman, or the new guy Robison.

    My hope is James comes back 100%. He showed some pretty good work before his injury.
    Great post.

    260 isn't out of the norm.
    Erasmus is listed at 266. KGB is 250. Jevon Kearse is 265 etc etc.

    It also helps to explain why Keneche had problems at that position last year.
    He is listed at 281lbs.

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    Re: Part-timer Ray Edwards rushing up depth chart

    IF Edwards can be consistent, he will end up being a STEAL...and making up for the fact that Udeze has been more of a run stopper than pass rusher.
    It will also soften the blow if Erasmus can't come back full speed this season.
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    Re: Part-timer Ray Edwards rushing up depth chart

    Ray Edwards is a fantastic player with a huge potential. He dominated in college, but had a bad junior year because Purdue had a lot of off-field issues that year (Uche Nwaneri broke a teammates jaw in the spring camp, Bernard Pollard had huge arguments with HC coach Tiller and LB Kyle Williams was arrested for assaults. Actually Ray Edwards also had some arguments with Tiller.) Imo Edwards could have been a first round selection but his junior year was too turbulent.

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    Re: Part-timer Ray Edwards rushing up depth chart

    I am really stoked about our defensive line provided Erasmus is healthy. I think that Erasmus is the key biggest he really is a solid pass rusher. Edwards, Scott, Udeze and Robinson are all perfect compliments and any one of them (except maybe Robinson right now) could start for a number of teams. If Erasmus can get healthy then Robinson, Edwards and Scott could be competeing to be the speed rushing end if Udeze continues to be below par.

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    Re: Part-timer Ray Edwards rushing up depth chart

    I really like what Edwards brings to the table.
    From the glimpses we saw last year, i'd say that he has the quickest first step out of everyone on the team.
    Like someone said earlier, consistancy is key in which edwards did kind of drop off towards the end of the year.
    Hopefully he can stay fresh the whole year and provide a solid backup if he isn't in the starting line up.
    I also like what i've heard about Brian Robinson, I'm looking forward to seeing him play, and maybe block some kicks like he did with Texas.

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