October 6, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Gerald Hodges (6) pumps up the crowd during the game against the Northwestern Wildcats at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Gerald Hodges Will Be Active On Sunday Night

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May 3, 2012; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Gerald Hodges (54) works through drills at the Minnesota Vikings Rookie Minicamp at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings 4th round draft pick Gerald Hodges has been patient.  Despite his patience, he has been frustrated with his lack of opportunities after being inactive for the fourth time in five games on Monday night.  On Wednesday morning, Hodges finally got some good news.

“I get here this morning and find out I’m on the special teams starting,” Hodges said. “That’s a good thing right there. I just need to continue to be patient and wait my turn. Coaches have their plans with each and every guy.”

Hodges is no stranger to special teams.  He’s been a part of kickoff and punt teams before.  If he can impress during this opportunity, then he may be able to take on a bigger role in the future.  Although it is very unlikely that he’ll see any snaps on defense on Sunday night, he should act as the backup for Marvin Mitchell at the weakside linebacker position.  After the season ending ACL injury that Desmond Bishop suffered, depth at that spot is an issue.

“He has been moving around with a sense of urgency we’ve wanted to see before,” Defensive coordinator Alan Williams said.

Even though it may just be special teams, this is a real opportunity for Hodges to show how he can contribute to this team.  Let’s just hope he makes the most of that opportunity against the division rival Green Bay Packers.

 

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