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Transcript: Zimmer Addresses the Media Friday

*Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer *

Ok, we're excited to get back into TCF and get back in front of our fans and hopefully put on a good performance. Questions?

Q: How did you feel about the week of practice coming out of the bye week? Do you think the team was sharp?

A: Yeah, I think we practiced well.

Q: You mentioned a few weeks ago Antone Exum Jr. might not have been as focused as he could have been. How has he responded?

A: I never said he wasn't focused. I said he's not always sure what he's doing. But he's focused.

Q: Has he gotten to the point where you feel better about what he's doing?

A: Sometimes.

Q: How do you assess your development guys? Is it more being sure of what you're seeing on the field or does it have to do with their study time?

A: It's really on the field time. It's not so much in the playbook or watching tape or things like that. It's all about performing under pressure.

Q: In terms of health and development, is this as flexible as you've ever been with your receiving corps?

A: Yeah, I think so. I think all of them are pretty good and they all – not all of them have different skillsets, but some guys are better at some things than others. But yeah, I think it's a good group.

Q: Any major lineup decision for the receivers or are you just holding out until Sunday?

A: Pretty much.

Q: Any chance you see Michael Mauti's play last night?

A: I did.

Q: What is it like for you to see him have success like that?

A: [Michael] Mauti was always a great kid. But I'm not supposed to comment about other teams' players or I'll get in trouble again. 

Q: They prohibit you from saying something nice about a guy?

A: I don't know, I don't know. I just try not to get in trouble anymore.

Q: When you look at Matt Kalil and what he's been able to do this season, what told you during the offseason that he would be able to rebound?

A: You're never really sure, but the one thing about Matt is that he has never missed anything. I don't even remember him missing any practices last year, maybe he missed one or two, but when it was game time he always played. And regardless of how bad it was at times, he kept fighting. And we were hopeful that if we continued to work on his technique and fixed those things that that would go. But he's been playing good; I'm proud of the things he's done so far. Hopefully it continues.

Q: You mentioned his confidence was shaky at times last year. When your health and technique is there, does your confidence come back as well?

A: I think when you play good, your confidence comes back. He seems to be pretty confident now when I talk to him.

Q: When you have a rookie corner like Marcus Peters, what can you do to exploit his inexperience?

A: I think he's a very good player. He's a very, very good athlete. I probably won't comment on any exploitation things to be honest with you.

Q: Is he a guy you liked coming out of the draft?

A: He was, he was. I think we had him in on a top 30 [pre-draft visit] maybe. I think we did.

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