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Notebook: First-round defenders standing out

Xavier Rhodes (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY)

Sharrif Floyd and Xavier Rhodes both made big plays for the defense Thursday. So did Jerome Simpson on the offensive side of the ball.

Rookie defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd made some big plays in 11-on-11 drills, consistently getting a push into the backfield and delivering a couple of big hits on running backs – one on Toby Gerhart and another on Jerodis Williams. His play wasn't lost of Frazier or the coaching staff. "I like his passion," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said. "For a young guy, to love the game as much as he...

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