29-Year-Old Defensive End – Minnesota Vikings
2017 Fantasy Football Outlook
One of the league's most athletic players, Griffen possesses 4.60 speed on a 6-3, 270-pound frame. It makes him a dangerous edge rusher -- he has 30.5 sacks the last three years -- and he is good for ...
Everson Griffen Contract Information:
Signed a five-year, $42.5 million contract extension with the Vikings in March 2014.
Griffen had two sacks, three tackles, two tackles for a loss and defended a pass in Sunday's win at Jacksonville.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Griffen is one of the verified freaks of defensive lineman, possessing 4.6 speed at over 270 pounds. He's also a very good defensive end in general, boasting double-digit sacks in consecutive seasons heading into 2016. He has 22.5 sacks in his last 1,832 snaps, meaning he should safely project to double-digit sacks in 2016 so long as he plays 900 snaps. There's not much reason to think he won't, as veteran Vikings end Brian Robison is due to lose snaps after logging 897 in 2015.
At 6-3, 273, Griffen is one of the league's elite athletes with a 4.65 40. But his potential was not unleashed until new coach Mike Zimmer arrived last season. Griffen's play count rose to a career-high 967 last year — 306 more than in 2013 — and he came through with double-digit sacks in his first year as a starter. He should once again lead the defensive line in snaps, and his per-snap production in recent years should ensure he's not a one-hit wonder.
Griffen is among the riskier players in this range since he wasn't a high draft pick and heads into his first year as a starter, but the Vikings handed him a five-year, $42.5 million contract this offseason, which would seem to imply that they intend to work him to the bone in 2014. He has 4.65 wheels at 273 pounds, and he totaled 27 tackles and 5.5 sacks while playing roughly two-thirds of Minnesota's snaps in 2013. With Jared Allen gone to Chicago, more sacks should be up for grabs, and Griffen ought to push for around 1,000 snaps.
Griffen will give the Vikings depth at DE in 2013.
Griffen will be used at outside linebacker in training camp and will likely play most of his snaps at the position this season. He'll be a reserve linebacker and may only play on passing downs.
A late pick at defensive end, Griffin has potential, but will start the season as a reserve.