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Vikings mailbag: How's the secondary? Filling Irv Smith's void? Zimmer and Spielman?

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Q: Which defender will lead the Vikings in pass deflections this season? And will the secondary be as good as it is on paper? – Nicholas

AK: Those are good questions. Cornerback Patrick Peterson probably led the defense in deflections during training camp, showing his knack for anticipating underneath routes and jumping them with a physicality we didn't see from last year's corners.