Vikings: Gerald Hodges on the rise

| 3 years ago

Vikings: Gerald Hodges on the rise

PFF-headlinesInjuries to Chad Greenway and Anthony Barr have increased linebacker Gerald Hodges playing time throughout the year.  He started three games early in the season when Greenway was out, and has started the last two games as well in place of Barr. Last year’s fourth round selection out of Penn State has definitely maximized those opportunities.

Over the last two weeks alone, Hodges has amassed a +6.3 overall grade, and for the season his +6.9 overall mark ranks 11th among all 4-3 outside linebackers. He’s graded positively against both pass (+1.5) and run (+5.8). With 14 stops in limited action, Hodges’ work in the run game has been the biggest boon for the Vikings; his 9.9% Run Stop Percentage ranks 13th out of 40 qualifying linebackers. Hodges 10.2 Combined Tackling Efficiency ranks 22nd among qualifying linebackers, and is better than that of any other linebacker who has started for the Vikings this season.

With Hodges’ emergence alongside the development of Barr, the Vikings find themselves with a pair of talented young options at the outside linebacker position.

  • Wyzel

    Leave barr and Hodges on the field in Nickel, granted barr needs to improve in coverage, and Brinkley is good enough in run coverage to have a good 3LB’s goind forward. Then we can fix the oline

  • NAJ

    There are a few directions we can go in the draft as we have a fair few needs. At least with Hodges doing well now, we can move on from Chad next year and play him with Barr. SS, WR, OL & CB we need to hit on 2 of those in FA & the Draft and we’ll have a pretty good team for next year

  • Walter Smitty

    I still think we need an ILB. Brinkley was just average at best, and I thought our Run Defense on 1st down was simply not good enough. A Thumper in the middle to play on 1st or 2nd downs would be a great investment. You can get quality ILB in the middle rounds.