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Lunch Break, 9/11: Munnerlyn Prepped for 'Tough Cat'

If part of the preseason is any indicator, the Vikings appear primed to have Xavier Rhodes and Terence Newman open the season at the two outside corner positions.

ESPN.com's Ben Goessling caught up with Captain Munnerlyn, who appears in line to be the team's slot cornerback after starting all 16 games on the outside and moving into the slot in the nickel defense in 2014.

The Vikings used their five preseason games to evaluate multiple players and combinations, but Goessling reported, are having Munnerlyn hone in on the slot. The spirited defender told Goessling he expects to see plenty of 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin and expects a battle.

"I've seen two receivers that I've said, 'Man — those are some tough cats.' That's Anquan Boldin and Steve Smith," Munnerlyn said. "They've got defensive mentalities — they're going to hit you before you hit them. I'm going to see a lot of him Monday night; he's a slot guy, I'm the slot guy for this team. I'm excited about the matchup, and I'm ready to go out there and compete."

Goessling added: Munnerlyn knows he'll hear from Boldin during the game, and he plans to give it right back.

"He's going to say something," Munnerlyn said. "Anquan, I've played against him a lot. He's definitely going to say a couple words, and we're going to get a little jawing. I'm sure we're going to do that. But at the same time, we're going to stay within the rules and compete against each other."

Making breakthroughs

Barry Wilner of The Associated Press listed Sharrif Floyd and Anthony Barr on a team compiled from players around the league who could "make breakthroughs" in 2015. From Wilner:

Floyd had a good 2014 on an improving defense under head coach Mike Zimmer and has the tools to be dominant.

Minnesota thinks this versatile playmaker has All-Pro skills. So do we, and, again, in Zimmer's schemes, he could become a star.

Quick Hitters

With Joe Berger filling in for an injured John Sullivan, the Star Tribune's Patrick Reusse took a look at others who have stepped in* *between the "A gaps" in Vikings franchise history.

An interesting ranking of fan comments on Facebook and the positivity or negativity they have used in talking about their favorite teams.

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