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Oh, Captain, their Captain: Vikings will lean on newcomer Munnerlyn a lot

This July 28, 2014 photo shows Minnesota Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn speaking to the media after an NFL football training camp practice in Mankato, Minn. Munnerlyn started his first Minnesota Vikings training camp on the sideline, working his way through a minor hamstring injury on the physically unable to perform list. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

This July 28, 2014 photo shows Minnesota Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn speaking to the media after an NFL football training camp practice in Mankato, Minn. Munnerlyn started his first Minnesota Vikings training camp on the sideline, working his way through a minor hamstring injury on the physically unable to perform list. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)  (The Associated Press)

Captain Munnerlyn started his first training camp with the Minnesota Vikings away from the action and on the sideline, placed on the physically unable to perform list so he could work his way through a minor hamstring injury.

Make no mistake, though. Munnerlyn will play the most prominent role in this team's young secondary.

"I'm definitely a leadership kind of guy," he said. "My name's Captain!"

Drafting Teddy Bridgewater was the offseason move by the Vikings that created the biggest stir, given their decade-long quest to establish a long-term solution at quarterback.

Signing Munnerlyn in free agency was the most important acquisition in the meantime, however.

This is a defense that allowed an average of 30 points per game last year, the most in the league, and the root of the problem was at cornerback.

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