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Vikings taking it slow with rookies

Cordarrelle Patterson (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY)

The Vikings have three first-round rookies waiting to break into the starting lineup. How soon will that happen? We take a look, with insight from Leslie Frazier.

A year ago, it seemed apparent. Then-rookie Harrison Smith was aggressive and hard-hitting, even in training camp. He laid a hit on Percy Harvin that had those teammates at the time jawing at each other. Jamarca Sanford, one of Harvin's best friends on the team, even sided with Smith, his defensive backfield mate, and the two would later be the starting safeties. The process wasn't immediate for... Recommended Stories