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Training camp has begun, but some big names are currently held out.
— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) July 24, 2017
The Vikings moved on from the all-time leading rusher in franchise history in Adrian Peterson and signed Latavius Murray to a three-year/$15 million deal.
Murray though had ankle surgery in March and has missed all of the team’s offseason activities.
The Vikings also drafted Florida State running back in the second round. Both have been expected to contribute plenty this season, but given that Murray is a veteran, he may have been the likely starter. That may not happen now.
“It’s very difficult, because those [other] guys, they have the upper hand,” Murray said. “They’ve been out there practicing. Dalvin [Cook], he’s been in the system. It’s one thing for me to watch from the sideline, but when you’re in it, it’s much easier to learn when you’re able to make the mistakes that I can only see. I would say that they’re ahead of the game right now, so when I do come back I have some making up to do. I have to bust my behind to make sure I set myself apart.” (ESPN.com)
Murray could still have a strong preseason and get the starting job, but at the moment Cook has the better shot due to taking part in all of the team’s offseason activities since being drafted. Regardless of who starts though, both should have critical roles if healthy.
Murray was a Pro Bowler in 2015. He rushed for 1,066 yards and six touchdowns. Last season he rushed for 788 yards and 12 touchdowns in 14 games.
Former first round pick Sharrif Floyd played in the first game of the 2016 season, but missed the remaining 15 games due to knee surgery. Floyd though suffered some nerve damage during the surgery and some have believed that his career could be in jeopardy.
— Hobie Artigue (@HobieFOX9) July 24, 2017
If he even plays a down this season, it would be a very good sign.
Mike Zimmer says sharrif Floyd health has improved but doesn't know what he might be able to do in camp
— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) July 23, 2017
Floyd has shown that he can be a good player, but has dealt with injuries since entering the league in 2013.