Everson Griffen – DE
Everson Griffen was a surprise signing by the Vikings this year and more surprising has been the impact he has had on the first handful of games of the 2021 season.
Griffen has arguably been the team’s best free-agent signing, as he looked like the Griffen of years ago, exploding out of his stance, and providing constant pressure to opposing quarterbacks. He had five sacks in his first six games and he looked like he could be in store for one of the better seasons of his impressive career.
Griffen has since cooled off and hasn’t recorded a sack since Week 8 in addition to going without a tackle the last two games. Griffen definitely struggled against the Packers on Sunday and he had more negative moments than positive ones.
Griffen is notorious for jumping offsides and it appeared he did that once again against the Packers. To the surprise of many, the refs actually put the blame on a Green Bay lineman and Griffen was spared of this humiliation.
On the very next play, however, Griffen lined up about two feet beyond the line of scrimmage and was blatantly offside. The refs immediately threw the flag and the Packers were back to the normal down and distance prior to the offensive false start.
Besides the embarrassing penalty, Griffen was ineffective for the majority of the matchup and appears to be getting gassed as games wear on. With the injuries that have mounted on the Vikings’ defensive line, they are having to rely on him more than they initially planned, and it is quite evident he doesn’t have the stamina he once did.