Terence Newman getting some reps at safety

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The saying goes that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but an old corner may be a different story.

Terence Newman is heading into his 16th season and he has been taking reps at safety during minicamp this week. It’s not a totally new experience for Newman as he started a game at safety in 2015 when the Vikings were short on bodies and defensive coordinator George Edwards said Wednesday that the veteran has done a good job.

“That way, you’ve got to have that versatility in that room, that if somebody gets injured or something like that, the next guy’s gotta be up,” Edwards said, via the team’s website. “And he’s [a great example], especially for the young guys — ‘Hey, the more that you can do, the longer you’re going to be able to stick around and help us win football games.'”

The Vikings have had a need for a body at safety as Andrew Sendejo has been out with an undisclosed injury and Newman got into the spirit by wearing Sendejo’s No. 34 on the practice field. If he and Harrison Smith stay healthy in the regular season, Newman’s reps at safety may not come into play directly but all that experience will factor into Minnesota’s defense one way or another.

19 responses to “Terence Newman getting some reps at safety

  1. Sendejo is a pleasant surprise. Despite the fact that they look to replace them every year, he hits you like a freight train. He’s not bad in coverage and can play up close to the line. He’s clearly under rated and all the murmuring about replacing him has stopped. I don’t know what the injury is, none of us do, but here’s hoping he’s back. I’m sure it would be possible to upgrade from him but you can say that about everyone. The guys a player.

  2. “That way, you’ve got to have that versatility in that room, that if somebody gets injured or something like that, the next guy’s gotta be up,”

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    Yes, but the next man up is not typically a 39 year old veteran.

  3. Andrew sendejo is horrible in coverage. He just looks to hit and got fined and then suspended because of it. They coached him up to go for the ball and he started doing a better job of that. He’s in in the box safety who is oddly playing free safety. He’s a liability in pass coverage. Opposing offenses always Target him. I don’t think we would lose much if Anthony Harris was playing. He goes for the ball like that time he stripped the ram receiver at the 1-yard line. Ball instincts. That’s what safeties are supposed to do. Forearm shiver sendejo just looks for the hit

  4. Also, the next-man-up is not a 39 year-old safety. It’s Anthony Harris. And he’s not bad at all.

  5. 16 years at his position in the NFL. That ain’t no joke kids. T-New is a bad man. He’s a pretty cool guy too. I remember him doing a live event with Tim and Pat Kirwan (Sirius NFL radio) and the first thing he did was ask Pat when the baby was coming and patted his belly. Pat was not too amused.

  6. Sendejo has continued to get better, but hasn’t played a full 16 games in 4 years. This likely gives Newman a better chance of not getting cut if he can prove to fill multiple roles since he hasn’t played special teams in probably 15 years.

  7. What motivates a 39-year old man to keep playing football? It can’t be the lure of a Superbowl ring because he plays for the Vikings. But give him credit, but if a missed 26 yard FG’s or the humiliation of a 31 point loss when the Superbowl was going to be played in your own home stadium in 2 weeks time doesn’t cause him to retire, nothing will.

  8. filthymcnasty3 says:
    June 14, 2018 at 10:17 am
    I credit his longevity in the league to Metamucil

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    I credit my longevity to the same.

  9. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    June 14, 2018 at 10:08 am
    Terence Newman is a great example for the young guys? Isn’t he the one who led the mutiny against Zim? That guy is still on the team

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    Swing and a miss!

  10. Newman is a smart guy. He quit that nasty cheese eating habit years ago, just like Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. That is why these guys have longevity. If Rodger’s shoulder holds up that is. No amount of not eating cheese can help that.

  11. This story is a bit unnerving since it was the Saftey position the Eagles completely TORCHED in the NFCC Game last year. The Saints saw the weakness in the 2nd half of their playoff game in Minnesota game, With that part of Zimmer’s D exposed, is was like picking on a Kindergartner! He and Edwards had better make adjustments or it is going to be a verrrrry long year!

  12. Newman is respected by both the coaching staff and the players — the mutiny thing is a figment of the cheeser’s imagination, as evidenced in the defensive performance last year.

    Sendejo’s hurt, the Vikes have an abundance of good young CBs that need work, and I suspect Newman is playing there to spell Harris a bit. Sendejo was actually rated fairly highly last year by most of the stat services (heck BR had him top 10), and has improved every year, particularly in coverage (which is still his weakness). One area the Vikes don’t have to worry about is DBs.

  13. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    June 14, 2018 at 10:08 am

    Terence Newman is a great example for the young guys? Isn’t he the one who led the mutiny against Zim? That guy is still on the team?

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    For a guy allegedly a life-long resident of Minnesota, you sure don’t like much going on here.

  14. Don’t forget, it was Newman that got torched by that double movie by Jeffries in the NFC championship game that blew the game open after Keenum got strip sacked.

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