After trading Gerald Hodges to the 49ers, Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said the team feels good about linebacker Eric Kendricks, 1500 ESPN Twin Cities reports. Hodges had been getting most of the snaps in Minnesota's base defense, with Kendricks replacing him in nickel and dime formations. The rookie may now get a shot at an every-down role, though the Vikings haven't said anything to that effect. If he does take on Hodges' snaps, Kendricks would immediately be a viable IDP in most leagues.
Linebacker Gerald Hodges was traded from the Vikings to the 49ers on Tuesday, sources told NFL Network's Rand Getlin. Hodges started three of Minnesota's first four games, but he's only been a part-time player since Week 1, typically coming off the field whenever the Vikings use their nickel defense. This trade suggests Vikings rookie Eric Kendricks has been deemed ready for a three-down role. Hodges, on the other hand, may get a shot to replace Michael Wilhoite in the 49ers' starting lineup, but a three-down role is probably out of the question.
Vikings LB Gerald Hodges will start at middle linebacker this week against Detroit, head coach Mike Zimmer told the ESPN. Hodges started at middle linebacker in Monday's loss to San Francisco and had eight total tackles, but coach Mike Zimmer wasn't happy with his performance. It looks like Hodges will start another week, but 2015 second-round draft pick Eric Kendricks may eventually take over the job.
Vikings linebacker Gerald Hodges started at middle linebacker in Monday's loss to San Francisco and had eight total tackles. However, head coach Mike Zimmer wasn't happy with his performance, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "Average. At best," Zimmer said about all three of his starting linebackers. Hodges won the job over Eric Kendricks and Audie Cole. Kendricks played just 10 snaps compared to Hodges' 63, while Cole didn't play on defense. Zimmer was also down on Kendricks' performance, so it looks like Hodges will get another week as the starter. Kendricks, a 2015 second-round draft pick, should take over the job eventually this season.
Gerald Hodges will start at middle linebacker for the Vikings during Saturday's preseason game against the Cowboys and if all goes well, he could keep the job to start the regular season, according to ESPN.com. Audie Cole started the first two preseason games at middle linebacker, but coach Mike Zimmer opted for the change after watching film of all the linebacker candidates. "He's looked good," Zimmer said of Hodges. "The first week, it was more learning, because it's different alignments (than playing outside linebacker). He wasn't perfect with all that stuff. But when he's played, he's done good."