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Special teams providing a chance for Fruechte

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Caledonia's Isaac Fruechte faces a difficult challenge to make the Vikings rosters.

There are 11 receivers in camp right now in Mankato, five of them with NFL experience.

Considering the Vikings may keep six receivers on their final roster at the most, Fruechte will have to find another way to help him. Special teams could provide an avenue.

Fruechte has already caught the eye of special teams coach Mike Priefer.

"Very intelligent football player. Loves the game. Has great passion. He's going to be an outstanding special teams player at some point, hopefully sooner than later. I can trust him to run the punt team like I did in the spring. I'm going to have him do it in some preseason games. He's going to play on the kickoff, kickoff return and punt return teams as well," Priefer said.

"I've got a lot of work to do still.  There's 90 players on this roster and they cut it down to 53.  You have to really work hard and show effort and show some skills to make that happen," said Fruechte. 

Fruechte will get his first chance to make an impact in a game when the Vikings take on Pittsburgh in the preseason opener August 9.

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