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Improving the team's pass rush during the offseason was a major priority. The Jared Allen trade goes a long way toward that improvement. But more improvement could come from within as second-year pro Brian Robison's stock has risen.

Chiefs wanted Robison

In case you didn't catch this in Adam Caplan's Minicamp Insider 1.0 recently, he writes "A league source familiar with the situation notes the Kansas City Chiefs asked for DE Brian Robison to be included in the trade for DE Jared Allen," Caplan reported.  "Minnesota is pretty high on the former University of Texas defensive lineman and told the Chiefs they wouldn't give him up.  Robison is expected to be the first end off the bench this season for the Vikings."

This little tidbit is a testament to the upside potential the Vikings see in Robison.  While most people probably pigeon-hole Robison as a promising pass-rush specialist, be assured the Vikings see more in him that just one-trick-pony potential.

Even in training camp last year, before Robison had even seen any significant action against regular-season competition, head coach Brad Childress pointed out during one press briefing that he is not just a situational player.

It speaks for itself that the Chiefs tried to get Robison included in the Jared Allen trade.  It also says plenty the Vikings were instead willing to up their ante in the form of another high draft choice instead.

They say a young player's most dramatic improvement usually comes between their first and second season.  With that in mind, don't be surprised if Robison is one of several second-year Vikings players who makes a significant step forward in 2008.

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