Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Shaun Prater (27) intercepts a pass intended for Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10) during the third quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings Shaun Prater Makes The Most Of Start


The Minnesota Vikings are struggling for depth at cornerback.  It got so bad, they had to start former Bengals and Eagles free agent Shaun Prater this week against Philadelphia.

Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Shaun Prater (27) returns an interception during the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

“I was ready for that. New guy. Cut twice. I was ready,” Prater said. “If you had a camera on me this entire week, I spent so much time watching film, stretching, watching more film and just asking the coaches about everything, being a little gnat. It’s like a pit bull locked in a cage and he’s waiting and waiting and he’s finally let out and he’s finally give that ball. I was given that ball today.”

Being a former member of the Eagles, he had some idea of what to expect from the guys he was tasked with covering on Sunday.

“Just basically getting a feel for what type of guys they are,” Prater said. “Doing one-on-ones with them every single week, it just clicked.”

Despite not registering a tackle in Sunday’s game, Prater was able to help out the Vikings with an interception and a defended pass.  Look for him to have a bigger role with this team this season.

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