Stacy Coley might have had the best offensive performance for a Vikings rookie in the preseason opener as he caught three passes for 67 yards.
As a result, the seventh-round pick has been a hot commodity after practice this week as the media wants to learn more about the former University of Miami wide receiver.
Mark Craig of the Star Tribune chatted with Coley about his standout debut and went in depth on two of his biggest plays.
The Vikings' starting offense netted 24 yards and one first down while running 13 plays to open Thursday's 17-10 preseason victory at Buffalo. Two possessions later, Coley matched those 24 yards and that first down with one head-turning run after the catch that capped a game-high 38-yard gain.
"Run after the catch comes second nature to me as a receiver," said Coley, who is also competing for the kick return job. "Your instincts just kick in, and it's definitely like a kick return. You don't even know what you're going to try and do until you see your blocks and what the defender throws at you."
The 6-foot, 195-pounder from Miami (Fla.) had three catches for 67 yards against the Bills. The 38-yarder set up a field goal, while a 24-yard sideline grab at the Buffalo 2-yard line set up a touchdown.
"The 24-yarder was just a scramble drill," Coley told Craig. "Just me getting QB-friendly again. The QB [Case Keenum] was under pressure. I just have to roll to the side he's on. Get to the sideline and make a great play. Everything worked out."
Coley had 63 catches for 754 yards and nine touchdowns in his final season with the Hurricanes and was named to the All-ACC Third Team.
Bower, Wilson impress in Vikings debuts
The games may not matter in the standings, but a pair of Vikings rookies made a big splash in their professional debuts last week in Buffalo.
Vikings defensive end Tashawn Bower and linebacker Eric Wilson were reach named to the Pro Football Focus "Team of the Week" because of their strong play in Minnesota's preseason win over the Bills.
Both players signed with the Vikings as undrafted free agents this spring.
Bower, a former teammate of Danielle Hunter's at LSU, had two total tackles (according to the press box tally) with a sack, two quarterback hurries and a pass defended in Buffalo.
Wilson, who came out of the University of Cincinnati, had six total tackles with a pair of passes defensed against the Bills.