EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Harrison Smith is only in his second year as a safety for the Minnesota Vikings, but he envisions having more of a vocal role in the team's secondary.
The way Smith sees the young secondary, everyone will need to step forward after losing veteran leader Antoine Winfield in the offseason.
"He was obviously the leader of the group and we all had a ton of respect for him and looked to him for advice," Smith said. "Now, it's really an opportunity for the rest of us to kind of fill that void and somebody to step in at corner and nickel and just make plays; just kind of gel together and fill that hole."
Winfield, who signed a one-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks after he was cut in a salary cap move by Minnesota, was the player the members of the young secondary looked up to. Winfield, with 14 years in the NFL, was a mentor to players like Smith and cornerback Josh Robinson as rookies.
"His study habits are superb," Rob...