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Special Teams Prowess To Defensive Opportunity

Mike Nattiel

Three young linebackers are getting their chance this weekend on defense after proving themselves repeatedly on special teams.

As far as speedy linebackers go, the Vikings apparently rolled a pair of sixes in their most recent drafts. In the Vikings' two drafts during head coach Mike Tice's regime, they have spent their sixth-round draft picks on two linebackers and a punter. The two linebackers, Nick Rogers and Mike Nattiel, started this season as special-teams cogs, but their play there has led to increased playing... Recommended Stories