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Raymond steps from shadows into the spotlight

Rookie Mistral Raymond admits he might not have been ready for a starting role in September, but he maintains he is ready now. He'll get that chance now that Tyrell Johnson and Husain Abdullah have been placed on injured reserve.

When the Vikings drafted safety Mistral Raymond in the sixth round, his personal story of family tragedy took precedence to his anticipated role in the Vikings defense. Seven months later, his role on defense is receiving a significant boost – from a rarely used backup to a starter on Sunday. Realistically, sixth-round draft picks are usually a coin-flip as to whether they make the team or... Recommended Stories

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