Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE
Brinkley will be in Phoenix on Thursday for a meeting with the Cardinals.
With the impending loss of free agent Paris Lenon and the cutting of Stewart Bradley (who recently signed with the Broncos), the Arizona Cardinals are suddenly very shorthanded at the inside linebacker position. That is why, according to Mike Garafolo of the USA Today, the team will bring linebacker Jasper Brinkley in for a visit this Thursday. The Arizona Republic's Kent Somers has confirmed the report:
Brinkley is best known for his ability to play against the run from the inside linebacker position. With the Vikings last season, Brinkley recorded 77 tackles as a linebacker in their 4-3 defense. Pro Football Focus also notes that he had 21 missed tackles, a very high rate. That could be part of the reason why he graded out so low.
Still, many think very highly of the 27 year-old Brinkley and think he could be the perfect compliment to Daryl Washington on the inside. Brinkley started 15 games for the Vikings last season and got his first real action of his NFL career. His pass coverage ability definitely needs improvement, but he looks to be a nice prospect for the Cardinals' rebuilding project. After seemingly passing on Rey Maualuga, Brinkley might be their second best bet.
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