Vikings: Desmond Bishop as an OLB?

June, 19, 2013
6/19/13
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Here's a possibility none of us blockheads have considered regarding the Minnesota Vikings' pursuit of linebacker Desmond Bishop: What if they are evaluating him as an outside linebacker in their 4-3 scheme?

Bishop played inside in the Green Bay Packers' 3-4 alignment, and we all assumed the Vikings were targeting him to play the middle linebacker position -- where Erin Henderson has been working to make the transition all offseason. But instead of a scenario where Bishop plays the middle and Henderson plays outside, what if it's the other way around? What if the Vikings want to find out if Bishop could play outside, in Henderson's old spot, where no clear starter has emerged this offseason?

I will tell you I have no insight into the Vikings' thinking here, other than to have been struck by how vague and non-committal coach Leslie Frazier was on the subject Tuesday. I can also tell you that at least one other NFL team views Bishop as a 4-3 outside linebacker. According to AFC South colleague Paul Kuharsky, the Jacksonville Jaguars have expressed interest in Bishop to play that role while veteran Paul Posluszny would remain in the middle.

In the end, you would have to wonder if the Vikings were using two players out of position if they lined up with Henderson inside and Bishop outside. But every scheme is different, and we've learned long ago never to rule out scenarios until someone does it for us.

Bishop is expected to wrap up his visit Wednesday in Minnesota before heading off to Kansas City. We'll see what the rest of the day brings.

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