The Vikings appeared to take a major step backwards when they traded Percy Harvin to Seattle during the opening hours of the new league year. With Harvin on the mend, however, Seattle appears to have been taken to the cleaners (at least in the short term) while Rick Spielman loaded his roster with youthful talent. Those rookies could each end up being a major part of this team’s success in 2013, and is certainly a group the Vikings hope they can rely on into the future, so I wanted to take a moment to check in on how each of them are doing in training camp so far.
SHARRIF FLOYD, DT
The Vikings have made no secret about their plans to rotate defensive tackles Kevin Williams and Sharrif Floyd. Taking time away from an old faithful type of guy like Williams is a pretty good indication that the coaching staff likes what they see in Floyd. If Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer gets his way, however, Floyd’s impact won’t be measured solely on defense.
Priefer made it clear that Floyd’s athleticism, size, and quick feet make him a prime candidate to play on special teams. Priefer said he would like to work Floyd into situations as a wedge blocker on returns, field goal protection, and as a guy that might be able to knock a kick or two out of the air. In three years at Florida, Floyd blocked three field goals.
Floyd may not garner as much attention as his fellow first rounders, who stand to get more snaps in base packages, but the coaching staff sure seem to be sold on his abilities and want to find ways to let him make an impact in his first year. He is currently listed behind both Williams and Christian Ballard on the team’s official depth chart, but that is very fluid this time of year.