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Sunday slant: Floyd needs to elevate game

Sunday slant: Floyd needs to elevate game

Sharrif Floyd is expected to step into a starter’s role in his second season, but the statistics show there is a lot of improvement for him to make in 2014, especially in the team’s effort to turn around its 31st-ranked pass defense.

When Sharrif Floyd “fell” to the Vikings with the 23rd pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, many viewed it as a gift for the franchise. But Floyd has big shoes to fill in replacing the man teammates called “Ticket,” Kevin Williams, and Floyd’s initial season provided a steep learning curve. His initial quickness off the snap was evident, but so was the assessment that he struggled to get away from...

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