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Lunch Break, 10/28: Floyd Stepping Up

Throughout his career, Mike Zimmer has made a living on getting the most out of his players. That seems to be the case with many of the Vikings defensive players, including Sharrif Floyd.

Master Tesfatsion from the Star Tribune writes that Floyd stepped up under the new regime:

In his eighth career start, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd might have had the best game of his career Sunday.

Sure, some of the stats agree with that assessment. Floyd had a career-high eight combined tackles and recorded his third sack this season in the 19-13 overtime victory over the Bucs, but he was consistently disruptive in the middle of the Vikings defensive line.

"So far up to this point, I felt like that was probably his best game so far," Vikings defensive end Brian Robison said.

Floyd received his first opportunity as a full-time starter this season after serving as a backup during his rookie year. He's had to learn two different schemes in as many years during the NFL, but Floyd said he's getting more comfortable with Vikings coach Mike Zimmer's specific techniques along the defensive line.

"I felt free," Floyd said. "I felt like nothing could stop me or nothing could stop our defense."

Floyd even got the nod of approval from Zimmer after assessing the film. He thought Floyd has improved as a pass rusher, which is backed up by the defensive tackle's three sacks in the past four games.

"He's a guy that continually tries to do the best he can, and he's helping us play good defensively too," Zimmer said.

Floyd seems to be hitting his stride, which is very encouraging for Vikings fans considering the second year defensive tackle is still only 23-years-old.

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