Edwards Not Just Talking About Big Season

Defensive end Ray Edwards has publicly stated his lofty and unlikely goal, but he has also been studying up to help improve his game.

Defensive end Ray Edwards figures to be a main beneficiary from the fact the Vikings were able to obtain Pro Bowl right end Jared Allen.

Allen, who led the NFL with 15.5 sacks last season in Kansas City, will command plenty of attention from opposing offenses. Those offenses also will have to be aware of Pro Bowl tackles Pat and Kevin Williams.

All of this means Edwards could stand to be the forgotten man as he moves to left end. That would be OK with him. Edwards knows he should have an opportunity to have a big year and expects to produce significant sack numbers.

How big? The third-year end has voiced his desire to break the NFL single-season sack record of 22.5 set by the Giants' Michael Strahan in 2001.

That seems like a big-time long shot, but you have to give Edwards credit for setting his goals high.

"It's definitely just my personal belief," said Edwards, who tied for the team lead with 5.0 sacks last season despite missing the final four games after violating the NFL's steroid policy. "Definitely just going out there and working as hard as I worked this off-season and studying film on that guy and studying film on all the great defensive ends. I think I learned a lot to sustain myself and go after the record."

Edwards has studied film of several players, including Simeon Rice, Jason Taylor, Dwight Freeney and even Allen. "We've got him here so I can learn from him in person," Edwards said.

He also would like to get a look at former Eagles and Packers great Reggie White in action, but that has proven to be difficult. "I tried to get Reggie White film but can't nobody find me none," Edwards said. "But I've been studying all the guys who study him."


  • The Vikings' rookie class will visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, on June 23. Rookies from all 32 teams will be making the trip this off-season for the first time. Michael Irvin suggested the idea to Commissioner Roger Goodell last summer when the former Cowboys receiver was being inducted into the Hall of Fame.

  • With veteran center Matt Birk electing not to attend the Vikings' organized team activities, sixth-round pick John Sullivan out of Notre Dame has been getting the majority of the reps with the first-team offensive line.

  • RB Chester Taylor missed the Vikings' first seven OTA sessions but was back in town Monday. Taylor was tending to a family situation, according to coach Brad Childress.

  • Veteran QB Gus Frerotte continues to make the transition to the Vikings' West Coast system. Frerotte will be entering his 15th NFL season but only once before has he played with a team that employed this style of offense. That was in 2000 and 2001 when he was a member of the Denver Broncos. The main difference, according to Frerotte, is the amount of verbiage that is used when calling plays.

    QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's ridiculous. I look at film of what I did last year. I go around telling the guys all the time, ‘I was that terrible?' It's ridiculous the things you learn from your first year to your second year. They say that's the time where you make your biggest jump. We'll see what happens." — Defensive end Brian Robison, who evidently didn't feel he played very well during a rookie season in which he had 4.5 sacks.

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