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Safety Jayron Kearse a contender in 2019 among Vikings slot defenders

Thirty minutes of batting practice at Target Field was enough for the rest of the Vikings players to see Jayron Kearse probably wasn't recruited to play baseball.

Between mingling with Twins and Angles players during 'Skol Night' this week, Kearse defended himself to teammates like Eric Kendricks, the former schoolyard shortstop who was quick to fault Kearse with the worst swing of the eight Vikings defenders at the plate. Safety Anthony Harris didn't buy the defense Kearse, 25, had never swung at a baseball let alone ever played on a team.

"[Harris] played baseball before," Kearse countered to an onlooker, "and he's still bad.