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Transcript: Zimmer Addressed the Media on Friday

Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer

Big game on the road this week against the Jets. They got a very stout front, Darron Lee leads the league in interceptions for linebackers, and they get a lot of turnovers on defense. They’ve got a great punt returner in [Andre] Roberts. Offensively they’ve been running the football very effectively, we’re going to have to do a great job against the run, and the quarterback scrambling will get some big plays. It’ll be a great test for us, and we need to go out and play well to win.

Q: What have you thought of the progress that Jaleel Johnson has made?

A: He’s doing good. He’s still learning all of the time, and not so much about the position. He’ll have five good plays and he’ll forget what he’s doing and go off of the reservation for one, so you got to get him back on and he goes. It’s more about consistency with him.

Q: How has David Parry looked since returning to the team?

A: Good. He’s been working out hard, so he’s good.

Q: How does Leonard Williams effect the Jets pass rush differently in the last three games than the first three games they played? The sack weren’t there early on, but he was still contributing.

A: He’s a very explosive player, and just because guys don’t get sacks doesn’t mean they don’t effect the game. He’s a strong, physical pass rusher, and I think they’ve got a good amount of five-man pressures that allow him to get a lot of one-on-ones. That’s been helping him.

Q: Has there been a decision as to if Dalvin Cook will play?

A: Yeah, he’s out.

Q: Are you expecting Cook to have to rest for a while before coming back?

A: I don’t know. I let the medical people handle it.

Q: How have the two young running backs, Roc Thomas and Mike Boone, stood out to you?

A: Good. They’re doing good. Explosive, catch the ball well, run physical with their pads down.

Q: When you see a secondary like the Jets have that is dealing with injuries, how much does that effect the game plan?

A: Going in to each game you really count on them having their best guys there, and then as you get to the game you might change a few things based on availability, but we always prepare for the best guys.

Q: Latavius Murray found success last season while getting a larger number of carries. Do you believe Latavius Murray can still be that type of workhorse running back?

A: Yeah, he’s a guy that needs carries, and the physicality of things. I’ve said it a million times, I like Latavius and the way he approaches the game. Typically he’s not a one carry every quarter guy, he’s a guy that needs to get the football some.

Q: Is there a cumulative effect with Murray, where he gets to 20 carries and begins to wear people down?

A: Yeah, I think that’s part of it, but if you get 20 carries, hopefully we’re running the clock out at the end too. I don’t know about that big of a workload, but the longer he goes, usually the more effective he is.

Q: With it potentially being windy at Metlife, is this a good time to get the running game going?

A: I think you can throw the ball in the wind. It’s probably going to be a little bit windy, but we’re not going to approach it any differently than we have.

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