The Vikings have a lot of rookies competing for roster spots this year, especially on the defensive side. One defensive rookie in particular has stood out to head coach Mike Zimmer so far in camp.
When asked during his Thursday press conference to name some players he likes who have flown under the radar, Zimmer singled out rookie cornerback Jabari Price, who has been getting a lot of reps with the first team as Captain Munnerlyn works his way back from a hamstring injury.
Zimmer was also quoted singing the praises of Jabari Price in an Andrew Krammer piece for ESPN.com:
“He’s doing a pretty nice job, really,” Zimmer said. “He’s done a nice job in everything. Outside, done a good job. In nickel, done a good job. Anytime you can hit on a seventh-round corner, that’s huge. We don’t know if we’ve hit yet, but he’s got some toughness to him…He’s got some fight to him.”
Price appears to have moved ahead of fellow rookie cornerback Kendall James on the depth chart and has a very good chance at locking down a spot as a backup corner. It never hurts to have the head coach openly singing your praises, especially when he’s a defensive guy and you play defense.