Vikings' Harris training 'smarter' heading into 5th season

RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Since going undrafted in 2015, former Virginia safety Anthony Harris has gone from signing as an undrafted free agent with the Minnesota Vikings to having chance to step into a starting role this season.

With Vikings' training camp starting on Thursday, Harris spent some time in Richmond last week preparing for his fifth season in the NFL. The former Wahoo standout says the biggest thing that has changed over the last five years is his approach to training.

"You got to know how to train smarter, be a smarter player," Harris said, "You go through the college career, it's a tough grind, a lot of tough workouts, you're really beating up your body. But once you get to the professional level you realize your body is your tool, it's how you make money, it's your individual business."

Harris is coming off his best NFL season after starting the final nine games with the Vikings and finishing tied for the team-lead with three interceptions. The fifth-year safety enters the season as a favorite to start in the Vikings' secondary, but knows he has work to do to stay ahead.

"There's always somebody that has the ability to be just as good as you if not better," Harris said, "So you really have to fine tune your technique to be able to make up those steps and keep with those guys or just stay one step ahead of them."



 
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