Davis provides the Vikings with some veteran stability. His greatest contribution will come in run defense. PFF has given him consistently strong run grades over his career. Davis will likely play a Ben Gedeon role instead of acting as a true replacement for Anthony Barr. The Vikings certainly have had some bad luck at linebacker, given that they’ve lost Gedeon, Barr, Dye, and Cameron Smith.
In other news, Adam Shefter is reporting that Damon Harrison has made it known that he is looking to play. The Vikings should be calling his agent to express their interest. We’ve written about the fit between Harrison and the Vikings in the past. At this stage, it’s unlikely that he would command a big contract. The only real holdup would be his desire to play in Minnesota and then whether he is in game shape.
The Vikings desperately need help on their defense. They currently don’t do anything well. The simplest answer for the Vikings — as much as it will annoy fans — is to focus on becoming dominant at running the ball and then at stopping the run. The coaches and players have been chosen for these purposes. It is imperative for the Vikings, then, to ensure that they’re pursuing the vision they outlined in the offseason.
By choosing to sign Todd Davis, the Vikings took a positive step toward helping to solidify the run defense. The work is far from over, though. Adding Harrison would be another positive step, especially with Danielle Hunter becoming eligible to return in Week 4.