Every year, NFL teams churn the bottom of their rosters, relying on draft picks, undrafted rookies and low-profile free agents to fill out their squads. And every year, special teams coaches are tasked with taking all those new guys and integrating them with the returning special-teamers who haven't performed well enough to become too valuable to risk in that phase.
So once again, Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer has spent another spring sorting through the new faces and seeing how they can help out. This year, Priefer is taking a new philosophical approach with his players.
"One of the things that we've been talking about all spring is going along with the identity of our team that Coach [Mike] Zimmer has established for us — the toughness, the passion for the game and being a smart football player. … What Coach Zimmer talks about as our identity, we are also taking on that identity as our special teams unit," Priefer said. "We've talked a lot about it, I think our guys are buying into it and we're excited about the end of spring going on into training camp next month."
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