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Former Gopher Sherels Flashes In Morning Practice

Posted by Mike Wobschall on June 12, 2010 – 12:21 pm

His name likely won’t ring a bell for many NFL fans, but Minnesota football fans may be familiar with him – CB Marcus Sherels. And now he should be sounding familiar to readers of the vikings.com Blog because he’s received mention in consecutive days.

In Friday’s minicamp observations, I mentioned that Sherels made the defensive play of the day during 1-on-1 drills by intercepting a pass intended for WR Percy Harvin. In the morning practice on Saturday, Sherels flashed a couple of times and even earned an acknowledgment from Head Coach Brad Childress.

Sherels’ first standout play came when he broke up a pass that Harvin had nearly secured along the right sideline. Harvin jumped to make the catch and as he was coming back to the ground Sherels got his hands on the football and ripped it away. Just minutes later, Sherels, who wears #35 for the Vikings, stepped in front of WR Jaymar Johnson and picked off a Joe Webb pass. That’s when Childress came over to tap him and extend a compliment on the play.

Sherels has been returning kicks for the Vikings during OTAs and minicamp as well, which will enhance his skill set and perhaps afford him a roster spot for training camp. The Vikings currently have 16 DBs on the roster and Sherels is a longshot to make the 53-man roster, but his performance during minicamp so far is doing nothing but helping his chances.

The 5-10, 175-pound speedster played college football for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers and was signed by the Vikings as an undrafted rookie free agent earlier this offseason.


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Submit Your Monday Morning Mailbag Comments/Questions

Posted by Mike Wobschall on June 12, 2010 – 9:35 am

Don’t forget to submit your comments/questions to the Monday Morning Mailbag. With minicamp concluding on Sunday, the Monday Morning Mailbag will be a great forum to discuss the latest developments with the Vikings.

To submit a comment/question, send an email to me at wobschallm@vikings.nfl.net.

Remember that we can’t post every comment/question, but I’ll try to respond to every question.


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Minicamp Day 2 Update

Posted by Mike Wobschall on June 12, 2010 – 8:51 am

The Vikings will practice twice on Saturday – 10:30 and 3:30 – as their mandatory minicamp rolls through the weekend. Threatening weather conditions will likely push the first practice of Saturday indoors, and hopefully conditions will clear up for an outdoor practice in the afternoon.

UPDATE: The Vikings will practice outside in the morning.

We’ll continue to be your source for minicamp coverage throughout the weekend, so be sure to check back here frequently for written updates, photos and videos. Also, remember that you can follow us on Twitter (@VikingsFootball).

Click here to view a photo gallery from Friday’s practice and click here to watch video of Brad Childress’ press conference from after practice.


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Shiancoe: Motivation Accompanies Team’s Confidence And Swagger

Posted by Mike Wobschall on June 12, 2010 – 7:13 am

Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe is a go-to guy for reporters covering the team because of his candor and humor in answering questions. There’s no doubt he enjoys the attention that accompanies cameras and tape recorders, but it’s also clear to me that Shiancoe is truly a team player who puts the success of his team ahead of his own personal media-related interests.

With me, Shiancoe has always been a straight shooter and a reliable subject for interviews and vikings.com projects. So when I was curious as to whether this Vikings team had a different attitude at this point in the offseason than it’s had at this same point in previous offseasons, there was no question that #81 was my man to go to.

I caught up with Shiancoe following practice on Friday, once he finished up meeting with a larger group of reporters. On top of his loquacious demeanor, a friendly feud this offseason via Twitter with friend, former teammate and current Saints S Darren Sharper made the Vikings standout TE a popular target for reporters.

Shiancoe actually used discretion when asked about the Twitter battle with Sharper and moved the conversation on to other topics. He was asked about RB Adrian Peterson missing minicamp because of “Adrian Peterson Day” and had no qualms about the 3-time Pro Bowler not being at Winter Park. And of course he was asked about QB Brett Favre and his prospects for playing in 2010. Shiancoe’s response was that as long as the QB is here for Week 1, everything is good with him.

After all of that, I asked Shiancoe if this Vikings team, coming off an appearance and heart-breaking loss in the NFC Championship Game, had a different attitude or disposition at this point in the offseason compared to other offseasons. Shiancoe’s answer was interesting, and should also be encouraging for Vikings fans.

“The attitude of this team is that we have a lot of confidence and swagger, but we’re very humbled because of the loss (to New Orleans last year) and because it’s a brand new season,” Shiancoe explained to me. “The thing is, we don’t have to get motivated. We’re self-motivated as players, so we see each other out there working hard and doing extra things and it’s a contagious atmosphere out here.

“Our coach is allowing us to be professional out here and he’s seeing the results. He’s seeing us work, he’s seeing us doing these extra things to get that edge. That’s one thing that is very important in a championship team.”


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