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Harrison Smith recorded a defensive stop and a great pass breakup in limited action against Seattle on Sunday. The Notre Dame product earned an uncharacteristic 79.7 overall grade a year ago, but all signs point to a bounce-back season for him in 2019.
Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2017, Brandon Zylstra caught all five of his targets for 37 yards and a touchdown in this one. He showed off great contested-catch ability on multiple targets and picked up first downs on four of his five receptions.
Second-year Texas product Poona Ford was a one-man wrecking crew in the run game against Minnesota's offensive line. He was a constant in the backfield and recorded multiple defensive stops.
A victim of Ford's onslaught, Vikings guard Pat Elflein was a liability in the run game and in pass protection. Elflein earned a 41.9 overall grade across his 863 offensive snaps played in 2018.
Edge defender Stephen Weatherly didn't wow as a pass-rusher and missed a tackle in the run game in limited action. The 2016 seventh-rounder had a similar outing in the week prior, as well, earning a 58.8 overall grade across 23 defensive snaps against the New Orleans Saints in the Vikes' first preseason game.
Offensive tackle Germain Ifedi turned in a strong performance in pass protection, but his efforts as a run blocker were underwhelming. He lost his block and earned negative marks in the run game multiple times on the night, dragging his overall performance way down.
Safety Shalom Luani didn't play a ton against Minnesota, but he did allow multiple receptions for first downs on the few snaps he did take the field. He also finished the game without a defensive stop.
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