May 30, 2012 at 8:17 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Blair Walsh says he would've enjoyed meeting Ryan Longwell. He surely would've benefited from learning from the 16-year veteran, too.
But the Minnesota Vikings rookie is on his own now. And that, he says, is a humbling honor.
The Vikings began spring practice Tuesday _ known around the league as organized team activities _ but Walsh said being on top of the depth chart didn't feel any different to him.
Longwell was let go earlier this month in a cost-cutting move by the rebuilding Vikings, who have handed this important job to the sixth-round draft pick out of Georgia. Walsh is a former soccer prodigy who became burnt out on that sport and switched to football in high school.
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