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Griffen benefiting from more focused approach

Everson Griffen (Brace Hemmelgarn/US Presswire)

When the Vikings put an end to the Everson Griffen linebacker experiment, it came as a relief to him. Griffen talked about the challenges he faced, the production he's putting up now and his ideal position – one that doesn't exist with the Vikings.

The label of "starter" can be a bit deceiving. Everson Griffen isn't in the Vikings' starting lineup on the first play of games, but that doesn't mean he isn't a key to the Vikings defense. After playing 42 percent of the plays on defense in the regular season opener, Griffen has played 50 percent or more of the defensive plays the last three weeks (52 percent vs. Indianapolis, 53 percent vs...

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