Vikings Zimmer on Fuller's speed: "Nerve-wracking"

ikings HC Mike Zimmer on Will Fuller's speed: "It's nerve-wracking" 
Through one quarter of an NFL season, opposing coaches are getting a sense of Will Fuller V's speed and what is takes to defend against it. 
The defensive-minded Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is no different. 
"It's nerve-racking to say the least," Zimmer said." He is a big play receiver and he's doing a great job. But you know all guys with speed bother DBs. That's the first thing they look at when they get on tape. How fast is a guy? How quick do they have to get out of their back pedal?"
Fuller, who ran the fastest 40-yard dash of wide receivers at the Combine (4.32), is known for his speed. After returning his first NFL punt 67 yards for a touchdown, without getting touched by a defender, Fuller was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
While opposing teams work on the challenges of covering Fuller's speed, head coach Bill O'Brien has even higher expectation of the rookie receiver.
"As it relates to Fuller himself, I think there's a lot more than speed that goes into it with him. Obviously that's a dominant trait that he has, but the other things that he has is that he's a good route runner. Now, he's got a long way to go. I know that sounds crazy to you guys, but he's got a long way to go. I mean he can improve in so many different areas. If you just have a guy that can just run straight ahead and run go routes, that's one thing relative to a guy that can do that plus have a pretty expansive route tree, that's another thing. That's what we're trying to work with Will."
Fuller is the first rookie in NFL history to record 300-plus receiving yards and a punt return touchdown in his team's first four games of a season. Through four starts, Fuller has 19 receptions for 323 yards and two offensive touchdowns.
The (3-1) Texans travel to Minnesota to take on the (4-0) Vikings in Week 5. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. on Sunday.

Through one quarter of an NFL season, opposing coaches are getting a sense of Will Fuller V's speed and what is takes to defend against it. 

The defensive-minded Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is no different. 

"It's nerve-racking to say the least," Zimmer said." He is a big play receiver and he's doing a great job. But you know all guys with speed bother DBs. That's the first thing they look at when they get on tape. How fast is a guy? How quick do they have to get out of their back pedal?"

Fuller, who ran the fastest 40-yard dash of wide receivers at the Combine (4.32), is known for his speed. After returning his first NFL punt 67 yards for a touchdown, without getting touched by a defender, Fuller was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.

While opposing teams work on the challenges of covering Fuller's speed, head coach Bill O'Brien has even higher expectations of the rookie receiver, who also has good route-running skills. 

"I know that sounds crazy to you guys, but he's got a long way to go," O'Brien said. "I mean he can improve in so many different areas. If you just have a guy that can just run straight ahead and run go routes, that's one thing relative to a guy that can do that plus have a pretty expansive route tree, that's another thing. That's what we're trying to work with Will."

Fuller is the first rookie in NFL history to record 300-plus receiving yards and a punt return touchdown in his team's first four games of a season. Through four starts, Fuller has 19 receptions for 323 yards and two offensive touchdowns.

The (3-1) Texans travel to Minnesota to take on the (4-0) Vikings in Week 5. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. on Sunday.

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