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Lunchbreak: Zimmer Says Rashod Hill's Technique Improving
August 22, 2017 04:14 PM | Eric Smith


Rashod Hill was relatively unknown when the Vikings signed him off Jacksonville's practice squad last November.

Now the offensive tackle's versatility and potential could go a long way for the Vikings.

Matthew Coller of 1500ESPN.com recently wrote that Hill's role as the No. 3 tackle on Minnesota's roster can only benefit the Vikings.

Their trust in Hill is appearing to pay off. He was pressed into duty on the first day of training camp after starter Riley Reiff suffered a back injury. Since taking over, Hill has shown potential while matching up with Everson Griffen in practice and performed well with the first team in both preseason games.

"He's improved with his technique every day, he's improved with his mental errors every day, so that's kind of been the process, but he has to keep cleaning things up to get to where he needs to be," (Vikings Head Coach Mike) Zimmer said.

Hill played collegiately at Southern Miss and was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Jaguars in the spring of 2016.

He landed in Minnesota in mid-November and made his NFL debut in Week 17 against the Bears when he played 49 offensive snaps.



Quartet of Vikings recognized for high school accolades

Before members of the Vikings roster made it to the NFL, they were standouts at big-name and lesser-known colleges alike.

And before that, they showcased their skills under the Friday night lights at high schools across the country.

A quartet of Vikings were recently honored for their success in high school as they were named to the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown 20th anniversary team. The showdown brings teams together from a handful of states for more than a dozen games over a period of a few weeks.

Since the showcase has been around 20 years, organizers recently released an all-time team to celebrate the milestone.

Four Vikings offensive players were on the list, including a pair of tight ends.

Kyle Rudolph was a standout at Elder High School and played in the showcase twice.

The former Notre Dame standout played in the Showdown in 2006 and '07. He was named a U.S. Army All-American in his graduation year of 2008. He was named the Pro Bowl MVP in 2013. He was also a basketball standout at Elder.

Vikings left guard Alex Boone attended Lakewood St. Edward in Ohio.

He played against St. Xavier in the 2004 Showdown game, which the Bombers later won via forfeit. Boone, a U.S. Army All-American in high school, later played at Ohio State.

Stefon Diggs had made his name as a wide receiver in the NFL but was listed as a defensive back on the team.

The Minnesota Vikings wide receiver played for Good Counsel in its Showdown game at St. Xavier when he was a junior in 2010. He had five receptions for 91 yards as Good Counsel defeated the Bombers 21-6.

Vikings tight end Nick Truesdell, who played at Anderson High School in Cincinnati, was listed as an honorable mention.

Other NFL players on the list were Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly, Philadelphia linebacker Jordan Hicks, Dallas defensive end Taco Charlton, Chicago defensive tackle Eddie Goldman, Indianapolis center Ryan Kelly and Buffalo center Eric Wood.

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