MINNEAPOLIS -- Linebacker Desmond Bishop, who was inactive for the Minnesota Vikings' first game and played just two snaps in the team's second game of the year, will start on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. He replaces Marvin Mitchell, who had begun the year ahead of Bishop at weakside linebacker.
It seemed clear when the Vikings signed Bishop that he would eventually work his way into the starting lineup, though his presence might still not be terribly noticeable. The Vikings have spent the majority of their time in the nickel defense this year (as evidenced by the fact Xavier Rhodes has played at least 59 percent of the team's defensive snaps in every game). Still, Bishop might give the Vikings a more physical presence at linebacker against Cam Newton and the Panthers.
We'll see throughout the day how much he plays and what he can add to the defense.