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Mike Priefer Is A Fan Of CB Marcus Sherels

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 6, 2012 – 12:20 pm

Roster cut-down day presents a nervous time for hundreds of NFL players. But the anxiety isn’t limited to just them. Roster cut-down day can be a nervous time for coaches, too.

While coaches are intimately involved in a player’s role and development on the team and they’re often times consulted when it comes to some personnel decisions, they aren’t typically making the final call on roster spots. It’s probably quite common for a coach to feel strongly about a particular role player’s ability to help the team, only to see that player lose out on a numbers game or simply cut for other reasons.

Vikings Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer met with reporters for his customary Thursday press conference, and was asked about some of those anxious times on cut-down day.

“The great thing is, and we talked about this at training camp, was we had more competition at different spots,” Priefer said. “When you have that, it’s a good problem to have. Am I disappointed we lost some guys? Sure. But all in all, I think we’re a much better football team defensively, offensive and special teams, and I’m excited about that.”

Another thing Priefer is excited about is to have Marcus Sherels on the team. Sherels is a Rochester, Minnesota, native and made the Vikings back in 2010 as an undrafted rookie free agent out of the University of Minnesota. But Sherels wasn’t an undrafted college free agent of the one-year wonder variety. He played in all 16 games last season after seeing action in just one game as a rookie, and this year Sherels once again figures to play an important role on the team.

When you think of players important to the Vikings weekly game plan, Sherels’ name might not be one that comes to mind right away. As it turns out, though, the 5-10, 175-pound CB helps the team in several capacities. He’s listed as the starting punt returner and the backup kickoff returner, plus he plays on both the kickoff and punt coverage groups.

Sherels was one of nine players listed on the Vikings initial injury report of the season, as he tries to work his way back into playing form after injuring sustaining an ankle injury that caused him to miss the preseason finale. Priefer told reporters on Thursday that Sherels has made progress and has a chance to play on Sunday in the Vikings season-opener.

Priefer is big fan of Sherels’, and has surely advocated for Sherels to hold down a roster spot through a couple of anxiety-filled cut-down days.

“I’ve always been in Marcus’ corner,” Priefer admitted. “I think he’s what you want in a professional football player in terms of his attitude, his work ethic, his intelligence. Is he the biggest guy? No. But he’s always going to play hard, he always comes to work. He’s gotten better in every phase since we’ve been together. I’ve always been in his corner, to be quite honest.”


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22 Responses to “Mike Priefer Is A Fan Of CB Marcus Sherels”

  1. By Parody on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    Wobby – is the fan rally on 9/8 (Saturday) or 9/9 (Sunday before the game)? You’re advertising two different dates. People gonna be mad…

  2. By rogerthevikefan on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    How is Sherels’ ankle?

  3. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    That is what I like about Sherels…

    He doesn’t try to do to much and then lay an egg…By dropping the ball or losing yardage getting fancy…

    He just keeps getting a little better every day at what he does…

    I think Sherels might even get a few big plays in the return game this year…Not from trying to make big splash plays…

    But he just keeps getting more confidence in what he is doing…A solid player…

  4. By Frederick Jones on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    Sherels usually tackles low, and is a sure tackler because of this method. He is not going to just lower his shoulder like some guys, and fail to wrap up.

    Frazier pronounces Sherels’ name wrong. It is Sherels, not Sher ells as Leslie Frazier likes to say.

  5. By Frederick Jones on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    Sherels has always been a quiet person who leads by action, not by words alone. He is the ideal player to have on any roster.

  6. By Frederick Jones on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    @Titus,

    I just want to make sure you “get this.”

    Wow and wow again! Spencer answers your question the best, Peyton Manning is the #3 QB of all – time. (I a.s.s.u.m.e. these are statistics)

    I think Archie was better than Eli.

    Eli just happens to have been on a great team. You cannot go by championships alone, or Otto Graham would be the best followed by Bart Starr.

    Bye the bye, who won that game? The Dallas Cowboys, and it was Tony Romo who threw three TD p@sses!!!

  7. By Frederick Jones on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    @Titus,

    Joe Webb and C. Ponder will both be formidable QBs in the NFL in a few years. Which one will be piloting the MN Vikings FredDogg does not know. I do not have a crystal ball.

  8. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    I saw that Fred– but you forget– last year the Giants were so bad mid-season that fans were screaming for Coughlin to be fired. Giants were the bottom seed– but Eli always found his man when playing in clutch third down plays– Eli is the greatest Manning.

  9. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    MBT will be the pilot.

  10. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    Fred– that’s what you said about Tarvaris Jackson. How is that working out?

  11. By H.M.G. on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    Titus stop smoking the grass. Ponder is our QB and will be for many years to come.

  12. By H.M.G. on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    Now you can use A S S but not B A L L S.

  13. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    And what does that tell you, HMG? LOL!!!

  14. By Spencer on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    Would you ever ride this thing Titus?

  15. By Ozzinator on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    no

  16. By Ozzinator on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    Oz would like Fred to elaborate on Titus’ question: How is Tarvaris Jackson working out?
    I’m sure ol’ FreddyDogg can.
    And Ozzy thinks FredDogg should go buy a crystal ball, to enlighten us all. :)

  17. By HCG. on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    I think Sherells will have a great year, probably help us alot.

    Win a new VIKING FOOTBALL HELMET using only your crystal ball, only at http://vikingsfootballblog.com/

  18. By HCG. on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer that bike thing looks real painful.

  19. By odark30 on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    That bike thing is pretty stupid. I want to see footage of the dude strapped into that hog and then going over the handlebars and power slamming the top of his head into the concrete. Now THATS ENTERTAINMENT!!!!

  20. By Viking33 on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    That guy cannot have any b a l l s – that looks like torture

  21. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    That is dumb!!!

  22. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    But it does remind me of the bikes back in history– not so different in concept where you would walk and ride. But man, that is so dumb when today’s bike technology affords a much more efficient and comfortable ride– So, Spencer, NO, I would NOT.

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