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Notebook: First-round rookies on task early

First-round picks Matt Kalil and Harrison Smith both started, played nearly every snap and showed up positively several times on film.

The Minnesota Vikings' two first-round draft picks played like the coaching staff expected, or at least hoped. Both Matt Kalil, the athletic left tackle taken No. 4 overall in April's draft, and Harrison Smith, the aggressive safety the Vikings traded back into the first round to obtain, were solid in their first regular-season action. They each started and saw plenty of time. Kalil, like the...

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