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Harrison Smith Could Start Minnesota Vikings Next Preseason Game

The Minnesota Vikings have had some issues in the past when it comes to the defensive secondary, but they're looking at shoring that up for the upcoming season. Things might even change as soon as this week, too, as Harrison Smith might be inserted into the starting lineup.

The Vikings traded up into the first round for Smith, a former standout for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, but he was limited early in training camp. It sounds as though the team is ready to take off his training wheels, though, as head coach Leslie Frazier said on Sunday that he could start this weekend's preseason game against the Buffalo Bills.

"We want to see how he performs in that (starter's) role," Frazier said. "He did some good things when he was in there on Friday night."

If Smith is inserted into the starting lineup on Friday night, he'll have made a pretty quick jump considering he began camp behind Jamarca Sanford -- last year's starter -- and Mistral Raymond.

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