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Marcus Sherels To Return Punts In Season Opener Against Jaguars

Marcus Sherels will get the primary punt return duties for the Minnesota Vikings, at least for the season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars. According to Bruce Brothers of TwinCities.com, Sherels is currently set as the main punt returner, but there is still a competition for the permanent spot.

Sherels averaged 8.4 yards on 20 punt returns in 2011, yet has just one return so far this preseason. It has been an open competition between Sherels, Jarius Wright, Josh Robinson and Brian Waters, with special teams coach Mike Priefer stating yesterday that he's more comfortable with Sherels because of his experience.

An undrafted free agent out of the University of Minnesota, the third-year cornerback provides a safe option for the Vikings while they likely wait for Wright and Robinson to develop their big-play ability. With two games remaining in the preseason, Sherel's job as the primary returner is still very much up for grabs.

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