Physicality a focus for LB Brian Peters

He’s a converted safety. He came from the Canadian Football League. And now Minnesota Vikings linebacker Brian Peters is hoping to prove his physicality to make the team.

While many Minnesota Vikings enjoyed the experience of last Sunday’s preseason opener, there is one who may have enjoyed his time there more than the rest.

Brian Peters is a native of Ohio and a lot of his family lives in Canton so he was able to see them after the game. It was a very brief time, about 20 minutes, because he had to join his team back on the bus so they could head to the airport. Although his family time was limited, he enjoyed being able to see everyone again.

“It was awesome. I had one set of grandparents, cousins, family friends everybody up there,” he said. “Obviously I was able to get a turnover, which was kind of a focal point for them, and they enjoyed that. But it was just cool to see everybody again and get back into the great state of Ohio.”

The Vikings linebacker is currently a bubble player and is working hard to earn a spot on the team’s final 53-man roster by the end of the preseason. He is hoping that his interception will help him gain some credibility with the coaches, even though he referred to it as an easy play that just fell into his lap.

But he isn’t going to rely on luck to earn him a roster spot. Peters knows there is plenty to work on, the biggest being playing with physicality. Head coach Mike Zimmer has been impressed with watching Peters in practice, but he wants to see how he handles himself when forced to step up in the box and take on a running back running full speed at him.

“It’s definitely a focal point for me right now. I still think I have a lot of growth in that department and a lot of that comes from seeing what I need to and reacting when I need to,” Peters said. “Once I can do that, I can be physical at the point of attack. But it’s definitely a focal point for me and it needs to be an emphasis with me being a converted safety, so that’s something I’m working on.”

He missed a couple opportunities during the game to show he has the ability to be physical when he missed the ball carrier on two separate occasions. He wasn’t happy with it and is hoping he can improve by Saturday’s second preseason game.

He wants to prove to the coaching staff that he has what it takes to make it in this league and he is going to do his best to show it against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“Just my read reaction, it’s sort of a whole cycle of things,” Peters said. “But definitely my physicality in the run game, that’s something I’m going to clean up and work on and hopefully that’s going to be the big focal point for me this game.”

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