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Everson Griffen is excelling in versatile role

After a strenuous off-season in which Everson Griffen was reportedly arrested twice, the second year player is blending in beautifully on a dominant Vikings' defensive line. He says he matured and is being the versatile player Minnesota drafted him to be.
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After a strenuous off-season in which Everson Griffen was reportedly arrested twice, the second year player is blending in beautifully on a dominant Vikings' defensive line. He says he matured and is being the versatile player Minnesota drafted him to be.

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