Ben Gedeon – LB
Ben Gedeon has been with the Vikings for three years. During that time, he’s been the definition of a “meh” player. He isn’t bad by any stretch but isn’t great either. Gedeon has yet to register a sack, an interception, or even a tackle for a loss in his career. He has totaled 103 tackles in his Vikings’ tenure and started 22 games. He’s just kind of a steady presence on the field and the Vikings know what they’ll get when he’s out there.
Gedeon suffered some concussions last season which ended up costing him the majority of his season, as the Vikings placed him on injured reserve. This opened the door for Eric Wilson to get an increase in snaps. Wilson made the most of his six starts and racked up 62 tackles, three sacks, and six tackles for a loss. He is a much better athlete than Gedeon and that showed with the big plays he made on the field.
Not only does Gedeon have to worry about Wilson taking his job, but he also should be very concerned about the rookie linebacker the Vikings drafted. Troy Dye has great size, speed, and is an explosive hitter. He is a far greater athlete than Gedeon and should be able to provide big-time plays that Gedeon just can’t.
With Wilson ready to take over his starting job, a young rookie ready to take his spot on the depth chart, and even Cameron Smith still on the team, the Vikings could find Ben Gedeon very expendable at the end of the preseason.