Every year seems to be the year that cornerback and punt returner Marcus Sherels will be released from the Minnesota Vikings. Every year, he finds a way to make the final roster.
The Star Tribune’s Chip Scoggins recently spoke with Sherels about how many times he’s been written off from the team by fans and media only to make the final roster. Here is how he replied:
"“I have no idea,” he said. “You’d probably know better than me.”"
Marcus Sherels joined the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2010. Since then, he’s seen many players come and go from the roster. In fact, he’s outlasted nearly all of his teammates from that time. There must be something that he is doing to keep him around for what will be his fifth NFL season with the Vikings.
"“It’s kind of weird to think about, there’s only five or six of us here from my first year, so it’s pretty crazy,” he said."
The turnaround that the Minnesota Vikings have made since 2010 is impressive. On the surface, it looks like a completely new roster and coaching staff. In fact, only six players remain from the 2010 Vikings squad.
Aug 22, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Marcus Sherels (35) returns a punt by the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings win 20-12. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
Chad Greenway – linebacker
Everson Griffen – defensive end
Adrian Peterson – running back
Brian Robison – defensive end
John Sullivan – center
Phil Loadholt – right tackle
Many folks felt that this would be Sherels’ last year with the Minnesota Vikings because they had rookie wide reciever Stefon Diggs winning the punt return job and didn’t see him as strong enough at the cornerback position to warrant him staying. Instead, he will be the team’s punt returner once again this year.
"“Coaches want guys that they can trust and who don’t make the same mistakes twice,” he said. “I try and pride myself on not making the same mistakes, and if I do, I learn from them.”"
Marcus Sherels is definitely doing something right. He’s like a cat with nine lives when it comes to the Minnesota Vikings. Every time he’s counted out, he rises to the occasion and proves his worth. But how long will it be until his luck runs out?
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