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August 6, 2013

Allen injured; defense getting banged up


Big talker

When it comes to talking, Jamarca Sanford is pretty good. Now that he's a starting safety, his words, many though they be, hold more meaning.

On Tuesday, defensive coordinator Alan Williams and end Jared Allen were both asked who is the the best talker on the team. Both agreed it was Sanford, and anyone who has stood next to a practice field during an intense defensive period would also have noticed.

"Erin enunciates a little better," Allen said. "But Jamarca is definitely louder. He can hit those elevated notes."

Williams said that he has no interest in quieting Sanford, a fifth year safety who took over as a starter early last season.

"That's his personality," Williams said, cracking a wide smile. "I'm not going to hold the reins in."

Sanford said he used his desire to talk more as offseason motivation, figuring he could say more if his play backed it up.

"That's always been the way I am, back to college and high school," Sanford said. "I'm just getting recognized more now that I'm a starter."

Fine line with offense

Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave doesn't want to show the entire offense during Friday's preseason opener against Houston, but he needs to see how his players execute their assignments so they don't go into the regular season having never worked on certain plays against other competition.

"We don’t want our fundamentals to go out the window when we get into a real game situation or a clutch situatio," Musgrave said. "We want to do what we do out here on the practice field, which is to be sound and execute and make some plays."

Peterson on new rule

Running back Adrian Peterson said he felt better about the new rule limiting helmet contact by the offensive player after a meeting with NFL officials Monday. The new rule calls for a penalty if the offensive player lowers his head and uses the crown of his helmet, something Peterson has done in the past.

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