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Ballard in ‘full rookie mode'

Fourth-round draft pick Christian Ballard is swimming in new information as he tries to absorb his assignments on the defensive line. While he's learning two positions, he's receiving help from some accomplished veterans.

The front four of the Vikings has undergone a significant overhaul in the offseason. With the exodus of Ray Edwards from the Vikings roster via free agency, a vacancy was created at defensive end. With the decision not to-resign Pat Williams and the pending suspension of Kevin Williams, a vacancy was created at defensive tackle. The Vikings have addressed both needs – re-signing Brian...

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