Vikings Head Coach
That answer led to a follow-up question about other “under the radar” camp standouts to this point. Zimmer listed four others, offering a glimpse into a head coach’s thinking that we don’t often see because so many times coaches feel compelled to keep their cards close to the vest. Zimmer didn’t give away any secrets, but he did praise a handful of player who he feels have performed well so far at 2014 Verizon Vikings Training Camp. There’s nothing wrong with that.
RB Matt Asiata
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He may be a seventh-rounder, but Price is showing that he belongs at this level. Zimmer says Price has played both nickel and outside cornerback, which says a lot about what the coaching staff feels the rookie can handle from a mental and physical standpoint in his first NFL camp.
Zimmer referred to Richardson by his nickname – “Tiny.” But the 6-6, 330-pound lineman has been anything but since the Vikings signed him after the draft. He is vying for the backup spot at left tackle and it wouldn’t surprise to see the Vikings try him out at guard or even right tackle to see if he can hold down one of the valuable “swing” reserve spots.
A slow first few days of camp have given way to a much-improved last few for Smith, according to Zimmer. Norv Turner loves size in receivers, and at 6-5, 220 pounds Smith fits the bill there. Zimmer says Smith’s route running has improved, too.