Who has the edge as the Vikings third linebacker in 2020?

(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Eric Wilson
(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Eric Wilson /
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Early Prediction

As of right now, it is hard to imagine a scenario in which Eric Wilson is not the “starter” come opening week. His experience with the defense will go a long way in a summer that is drastically affected by the pandemic. His one-year tender is also a sign that the Vikings are high on his talent given his limited playing time.

While saving money on Wilson would open the door for some smaller free agent moves, it does not seem like a reasonable option just yet. Minnesota is not desperate for money at the moment, as their roster is under contract for the upcoming season.

Troy Dye, who is coming off an injury at the end of last season, might be used situationally on defense. But he probably doesn’t take snaps away from Wilson. Dye should be a solid special teams player and coverage linebacker at times in his rookie season.

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It appears to be a two-man race in Minnesota for the third linebacker spot, it just depends on what the Vikings want out of that spot. The smart idea would be to share the role and play Wilson in running situations while playing Dye against extra tight ends in passing spots.