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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