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Carlson aiming for well-rounded role

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John Carlson said he'll never be the blocker that Jim Kleinsasser was, but Carlson is getting a fresh start and looking to learn more about his role with the Vikings. He talked about playing with Kyle Rudolph, watching Kleinsasser on film and the expectations of returning home to Minnesota.

New Vikings tight end John Carlson isn't exactly sure what his role will be now that he joins his home-state team, but he's excited about the possibilities. The Litchfield, Minn., native was the Vikings' biggest offseason free-agent acquisition, signing a five-year, $25 million deal with the team in March. He joins a position group that will see 50 percent turnover from 2011 to 2012 after the...

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