Minnesota Vikings safety Jayron Kearse has been fighting an uphill battle since the moment he was drafted during the seventh round of the 2016 NFL draft.
Kearse, a former standout safety at Clemson University, entered camp last season with greater expectations than most late-round draft selections due to his incredible size-athleticism combination. He delivered to some extent, making the 53-man roster out of training camp last season and contributing a total of 77 snaps on defense — second to only first-round pick Laquon Treadwell among Vikings rookies.
The results were not always there for Kearse, however, as he often appeared to struggle with his positioning and overall understanding of Mike Zimmer’s complex defensive scheme. Entering his second training camp in Minnesota following a full offseason with the Vikings, Kearse is feeling considerably more comfortable both with the training camp process and his understanding of his role on defense.