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August 2, 2013

Sherels keeps return job by being good, fearless


As for the others getting a look at returning kicks, Sherels welcomes the company.

"The better the competition, the better you get," he said. "You have to push yourself and work hard and harder, watch film and ask questions. ... It makes you better, and it makes your teammates better."

Predictions for AP only

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier was asked Friday about Adrian Peterson's goal of a 2,500-yard rushing season, and he had no problem with the lofty number.

Because it was Peterson who said it.

Others players, meanwhile, should watch what they say when it comes to public predictions.

"Guys in general is one thing, Adrian Peterson is another," Frazier said with a laugh. "If Adrian says 2,500 or 2,000 it's a different thing, it's a different matter because he's more than capable of achieving those goals. I've learned that.

"He told me last season that he was going to have the type of year that he did have. For it to turn out the way it did, I don't doubt Adrian Peterson. If says he can gain 2,500 it's possible. But if there's someone else talking about predictions and this and that then we'll have a conversation."

Under the lights

Tonight's 7 p.m. workout at Blakeslee Stadium will be a little different than what training camp has seen so far — for both the fans and the players. Frazier hopes a packed stadium will give his team a little more of a game-like feel.

"It's a different environment," Frazier said. "(It's) under the lights, and you feel a sense that it's similar to a ballgame.

"Were going to try to create some situations in that time where they feel like they're in a game situation. It probably helps our young guys more than it does our veterans. It's somewhat new to them."

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