Rashod Hill Learning on the Fly with 1st-Team Offense

MANKATO, Minn. — Rashod Hill has been with the Vikings less than nine months, but he’s been thrust into a prominent role early in training camp.

The left tackle has filled in for Riley Reiff for most of the first two days of full team practice, a far cry from being on Jacksonville’s practice squad for most of last season.

“Coach always tells you to be ready and that you never know when you’re time will come,” Hill said. “I got in there and just tried to do what I can do and help the team.

“I had a few mistakes the first day, so I’m trying to go out and correct what they told me I need to do,” Hill added. “I’m going in and watching film and trying to get better.”

Hill might have one of the toughest jobs on the practice field. The 25-year-old  is going up against defensive ends Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter.

That duo combined for 20.5 sacks in 2016.

“It’s a lot faster than being with the 2s. You have to be just like that,” Hill said while snapping his fingers. “Whenever I see them, I get locked in because I know you can’t take off a play with them because they’ll embarrass you.

“Those guys are the best in the league. They’re strong, fast and smart,” Hill added. “When I see them, I try to get my hands on them because I’ve got long arms. I try to get my hands on them before they make a move.”

Hill arrived in Minnesota in mid-November from Jacksonville, and was eventually elevated to the active roster due to a rash of injuries.

The former Southern Mississippi lineman more than held his own in his first NFL action against Chicago in the season finale. Hill’s play and subsequent improvement drew praise from Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman earlier this week.

“It was really important, and I thank the coaches for trusting me,” Hill said. “T.J. (Clemmings) went down and I went in … they told me I was going to get some reps anyway but unfortunately [the injury] happened. It was good that I could see I…

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