The Vikings broke camp in Mankato yesterday and now are one step closer to the regular season. A couple significant events still stand in the way of the Monday Night Football opener at San Francisco and perhaps the biggest are roster cut dates on September 1st and 4th. Vikings LB Brian Peters has been impressing and hopes to stick around longer than those early September dates.
Mark Craig of the Star Tribune writes about the former CFL standout and his mentality trying to make the Vikings 53-man roster:
He is an undersized linebacker on a team that probably will keep six linebackers not named Brian Peters. He's 26 years old and yet this is his first NFL training camp. The former CFLer is your typical NFL long shot, and he doesn't care that none of us gives him much of a chance to survive two NFL cutdown days.
"I didn't pack a parachute," Peters said when asked what his Plan B is for this fall.
The Vikings have been known to uncover a long shot or two in their history. Only 16 Pro Football Hall of Famers were undrafted rookies. Two of them — Mick Tingelhoff and John Randle — were originally signed by the Vikings.
Peters won't be a Hall of Famer. But he'd settle for being the next Heath Farwell, an undersized linebacker who went from undrafted rookie to Pro Bowl special teamer with the Vikings to Super Bowl champion with Seattle.
"Being here is so surreal," Peters said. "But at the same time, I know I can play at this level. Hope is a strong motivator for the path I'm on."
Peters is one guy to keep an eye on in tomorrow's preseason home opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The entire feature can be ready in the Star Tribune and on StarTribune.com
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