Mistral Raymond Fighting For Starting Safety Position
So far, Raymond has made an impression on coaches by earning first-team safety reps last week while entrenched starter Husain Abdullah missed two days.
Raymond, a former walk-on at South Florida who started 15 games in three seasons for the Bulls, intercepted quarterback Christian Ponder in the end zone during Thursday’s practice. He tweaked his hamstring on the play, causing him to miss the preseason opener against Tennessee, but he’s back in live action this week.
Raymond said he entered camp willing to play either position.
“I just want to come in and get on the field wherever I can, and it looks like that place right now is safety,” Raymond said. “Any way I can help this team win is what I’m going to do.”
Competition for safety reps alongside Abdullah is wide open among Tyrell Johnson, Jamarca Sanford and Raymond.
“We’re going to give (Raymond) every opportunity to show us what he’s capable of doing and just see where it falls,” coach Leslie Frazier said.
The Vikings secondary is by far the weakest component to our defense. Raymond was a value pick in the 6th round but I don’t forsee him starting this season. Let’s hope that he can push the Vikings starting safeties to play their best. Solid depth at the safety position would be a luxury that the Vikings aren’t use to having. Let’s hope that it changes this season.