Eden Prarie- After Wednesday’s practice, Head Coach Mike Zimmer spoke to the media about a number of topics including his impressions of a few second year players including Sharrif Floyd and Xavier Rhodes.

When asked about Floyd, Zimmer responded,

“Sharrif is doing a great job. He’s improved tremendously, he’s using his hands well. He’s a very dedicated kid. He’s done a great job in the weight room as far as changing his body and his strength levels and he shows great quickness.”

As far as the future for the 2013 first round pick out of Florida: “We’re very, very excited to have him and I look forward to having him have a good year.”

Floyd will look to build on a rookie year that saw him record 19 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, and a forced fumble. With the backing from the coaching staff, Floyd should be able to feel free and able to improve in his sophomore campaign.

Zimmer also addressed the off season improvements from Xavier Rhodes, who had himself a solid rookie year, recording 48 total tackles, and a forced fumble. Although he is yet to record an interception in his NFL career, Zimmer talked about the improvements he is making.

“Xavier, I’ve been impressed with him, he’s working very, very hard. He’s a good kid. We have been working on his technique quite a bit, I’ve talked to him several times about things out here in the field, and he wants to be really good.”

Zimmer also added: “he has got great acceleration, he’s learning the techniques much better, he’s staying on point much better. The thing I’m impressed with, the things that we talk about, he needs to improve the next day he’s working on it. We’ll go in the meeting room here in a minute and we’ll talk about the next process to where he is going, but I’m excited about him, he’s doing well.”

If these NFL sophomores continue to improve, the Vikings defense could be headed in the right direction, which is needed after a 2013 season which saw only the Cowboys have a worse overall defensive ranking.