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August 14, 2013

Thielen, Brown enjoy return to MSU


Receiver roulette

The Vikings first four receiver spots appear to be set with Greg Jennings, Jerome Simpson, Jarius Wright and rookie Cordarrelle Patterson. After that is a crapshoot to see who will stick with the team.

Stephen Burton, Joe Webb and the two MSU players — Thielen and Brown — are smong those battling for the last fifth or sixth spots, depending on how many receivers the team decides to keep.

"I think it will begin to clear up after this ball game (Friday) and after the third ball game," Frazier said. "Those guys will get some opportunities in the next two weeks.

"It's too early right now to make any decisions. We want to get some more game situations under our belt."

Linebacker shuffle

The linebackers are in a similar position to the wideouts except for one thing. Backup linebackers usually represent the core of the special teams and that will go a long way toward deciding which ones will make the final roster.

"Not only do you have to be good on defense as a backup, but you need to be a solid special teams player for us," Frazier said. "We need to let things play out in the next couple of weeks."

Kalil more productive

Vikings offensive tackle Matt Kalil had a vastly different training camp this summer as compared to 2012.

"I'm a lot more prepared this year so instead of worrying about the playbook I can worry about my technique." Like all the players, Kalil is ready to leave Mankato and start hitting other players.

He feels that the Vikings complex running scheme is something he can handle and gives credit to his college coach Lane Kiffin for helping to prepare him. Kalil is confident with his skills and said he thinks people maybe overshadowed his run blocking skills.

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