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(Eds: With AP Photos.) Jared Allen is happy to help out the younger Minnesota Vikings, answering questions, giving advice or critiquing their performance.
But be clear about this, young fellas: You're getting paid to play, so the expectations are just as high as they are for the veterans.
''This isn't high school or college,'' said Allen, who is beginning his ninth season in the NFL and fifth with the Vikings. ''I can show them how to be a pro or show them the standards we expect, but at the end of the day, you have to do your job. If you can't, we'll find out pretty quick out here.''
The Vikings are a case study of how fast the NFL landscape can change. In less than two years, they went from an experienced team with deep playoff hopes to a young squad that looked lost during most of 2011.
''I still feel like I'm playing at a high level, but every year is a concern of if I'm going to win a championship,'' Al...
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Despite the release of Ryan Longwell, special teams coordinator Mike Priefer says rookie kicker Blair Walsh has plenty of challengers. They are scattered throughout the league on training camp rosters and free-agent lists.
Percy Harvin is starting to see the ball more in the passing game as camp progresses, but he said coaches have started talking about expanding his role in other areas, too. Plus, Zygi Wilf’s bold prediction, Antoine Winfield’s age is factoring in, Erin Henderson gets a little too aggressive and other notes from Tuesday.