Scott Crichton enters his second minicamp with the Vikings feeling confident and looking bigger. The defensive end was able to go through his first offseason with the team, participating in the offseason workout program and OTAs, without any limitations. Though he is still listed at 273 pounds, Crichton’s physique looks noticeably different as well.

The Vikings have mixed him in at defensive tackle along with defensive end during OTAs and minicamp. Crichton received reps as the three-technique tackle again on Wednesday.

“We’ve been working him in all offseason in different packages and different positions to see his skillset,” Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards said. “As we get into training camp, we’ll see how it goes and how he works through camp.”

Crichton was unable to participate during OTAs last year due to an NFL rule that forced underclassmen rookies that did not graduate to finish the school year before they could rejoin the team. With Oregon State on a quarters system, Crichton participated in rookie minicamp but didn’t return to Winter Park until minicamp.

“Last year I wasn’t here and just being able to bond, learn together, it’s just fun being around the guys,” Crichton said. “That’s what I’m trying to do is get stronger faster, bigger because I’m going to be playing defensive end and some three-technique. Whatever they want me to do, I’ll do.”

The Vikings haven’t strapped up in pads yet, but Edwards said Crichton looks more comfortable with the defensive calls so far. He doesn’t have to think as much now that he has been around the coaching staff and the organization through the winter and spring.

“The one thing we really liked about him coming out was just how hard he played, the effort he played with and that’s transferred now,” Edwards said. “He’s played outside at defensive end, inside at tackle. Now he’s not thinking about his assignments. He’s really lining up and being able to play all out.”

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