One away from record, Sherels focused on team

Marcus Sherels needs one more punt return for a touchdown to fully own the Vikings franchise record, but he doesn’t even think about it.

Vikings’ cornerback Marcus Sherels is closing in on the Vikings’ record for the number of punts returned for a touchdown in a career. He currently has two, which puts him tied for first in team history with two other people.

Even though he is so close to making Vikings’ history, he never really thinks about the situation at all.

“I remember it now that you said it from last year,” said Sherels when asked if he remembered that he was so close to breaking it. “But it honestly wasn’t even in my head.”

He, like many others on the team, is focused more on the team’s success than he is an individual accolade.

“(Getting the record) would be great, I mean if it helps the team,” said the cornerback. “It would be great for our punt return team and it would help us get a win, so I’m all for it.”

Sherels is now in his fifth year as a Viking, and has seen a majority of his playing time come on special teams. And through those years with the team he has become one of the best punt returners in the NFL, especially during the 2013 season, when he averaged 15.2 yards a return and recorded a touchdown.

Even though a majority of his snaps have come on the punt return team, he has also gotten some on the kickoff return team. This is a role that could increase very soon with a hip injury to the Vikings’ primary returner, Cordarrelle Patterson.

“I’m not even sure,” Sherels said when asked if he would have a bigger role in kickoff returns. “I just prepare each week like (Patterson) needs a rest, and if he is hurt I will be ready to go.”

Whether he is returning punts or returning kickoffs, Sherels will remain an important weapon for the Vikings’ special teams. And with his longest punt return of the year being only 24 yards, you can imagine that he will be looking to bust one for a big gain and break the record soon.

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