With inside linebacker Karlos Dansby leaving Arizona for Cleveland, the
“He doesn’t need to be Karlos,” defensive coordinator Todd Bowles told the team's website. “He needs to be Kevin.”
Minter has a reputation as a run stuffer, and coaches are confident he'll acquit himself well, if not fully compensate for Dansby's loss. Minter said he learned a lot from Dansby, who had 122 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 19 pass breakups last season.
“It was a little bit frustrating last year, but at the same time, you couldn’t help but learn,” Minter said. “Karlos treated it like a business. He came to work every day to work, whether it was eating the right things, watching film, doing extra workouts. He was a great role model. With what he left, I feel like I can pick up the slack.”
In the wake of losing Karlos Dansby to the Browns via free agency, the
Minter made just four tackles last season over 13 games, basically relegated to special-teams reps.
All five players were listed as probable on the team's injury report. Dray is dealing with a back injury.
All five players were able to fully participate in practice Friday. Both Bernard and Minter are dealing with a shoulder injury.
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