The Bulldogs will start the NAB Cup in a three-way fixture at Etihad Stadium featuring the Bombers and Collingwood.
Essendon are under massive pressure because of a joint Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority and AFL investigation into supplement use at the club.
Minson has twice been in trouble for sledging opponents, most recently receiving a one-game suspension from his club last year.
He made a public apology for offensive comments he made to Port Adelaide opponent Danyle Pearce.
Minson said Essendon's dramas would be off-limits for the Bulldogs during their match.
"The AFL's pretty clear on their views on sledging - I learnt a while ago that if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all," Minson said on Thursday.
"I think that's the best advice.
"We're out there to play games of football and attack the ball and kick goals.
"That's what (the fans) want to see, so there's really no need for much else."