Former Oregon Duck Linebacker Troy Dye seems to be settling in nicely with his new team in NFL.
The Minnesota Vikings selected Dye in the fourth round in this year’s NFL draft to help add some depth to an already established linebacker group.
Due to a knee injury that required surgery last January, Dye missed much of the draft evaluation process, but with Dye now a month into training camp, the Vikings feel that the former Oregon linebacker has worked hard and is coming along.
Minnesota Vikings co-Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers coach Adam Zimmer spoke with the media on Thursday about his linebacker group, especially the depth at the position.
Dye was the first player mentioned by Zimmer.
At Oregon, Dye played at inside linebacker the past four years for the Ducks, leading the team in tackles all four seasons.
The Vikings core of Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr, who have been one of the better NFL linebacker groups in the past few seasons, allows Dye to learn from the best right from the jump.
With no preseason games being played this year, the rookies, like Dye, are being put under a lot of pressure to show and prove in situations at practice.
"It’s definitely different," Zimmer said. "You don’t get to see them in live game action with tackling and all those things you get to see in the preseason. I do think that we’ve gotten a lot of game situations in practice where they’ve got to go out there and think on their own. They have to react to things they haven’t seen without the coaches behind them… I think that’s been valuable for all the young guys and the whole defense."
Dye was a big part of Oregon’s success last year and helped lead the Ducks to winning the Rose Bowl at the end of the season against Wisconsin.
With Dye having the confidence from the coaches already, the possibilities are endless as to what the Vikings are looking from him to bring to the field this year.
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