New Vikings LB Desmond Bishop says his specific role hasn't been set
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The Minnesota Vikings' recent addition of former Green Bay Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop injected a needed source of depth into the linebacker corps.
But where exactly Bishop, 28, will fit in remains somewhat of an unknown.
When news of Bishop's signing to a one-year deal with the Vikings broke on Monday, a source told 1500 ESPN's Tom Pelissero the five-season NFL veteran is expected to compete for a spot at middle and weakside linebacker with Erin Henderson and Marvin Mitchell.
On a conference call with local reporters Thursday, Bishop wouldn't go into specific of what position he envisions himself slotting into with his new team.
"We haven't really talked in detail about it," Bishop said. "The positions are pretty much interchangeable. But I'm not really worried about that. Wherever they put me, wherever the coach staff thinks I best fit, that's where I'll play."
Drafted in he sixth round of the 2007 draft (193rd overall) from Cal-Berkley, Bishop played five full seasons with the Packers, collecting 220 tackles. A torn hamstring in 2012 held him out for the entirety of last season, and he was later released last week.
While Bishop, after an arduous six to seven month recovery, has insisted he will be "100 percent by training camp in late July, he wasn't as certain when asked how long he thinks it will take to adjust back to the game after a year-long layoff.
"I don't know. I'm not sure," Bishop said. "But after watching a guy by the name of Adrian Peterson come back from his torn ACL and how well he did I have an extreme amount of confidence that I can do the same."