The Minnesota Vikings have three pro-bowl quality defensive lineman in their starting four (assuming the Williams-Wall are not suspended). Defensive end Ray Edwards has anchored the fourth spot, playing across from defensive end Jared Allen.
Our sources tell us defensive end Brian Robison is especially impressive in off season workouts and clearly has his eye set on winning a starting role. Robison has been the Vikings’ third down pass-rushing specialist for the last couple seasons. The Texas product was being considered for the starting right end last season before the Vikings acquired Allen in a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Competition is likely to heat up, because Edwards has a lot to prove this upcoming season as well. Edwards is in the final year of his contract, and is looking to have a monster year to land a lucrative deal next summer.
Either way, both players should still get plenty of playing time. The Vikings like to rotate their defensive lineman regularly, and if the Williams-wall get hit with a suspension, the versatile Robison can play at defensive tackle as well.
Nam Huynh writes for Minnesota Sports Zone (http://www.mn-sz.com)