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Barr set high for the 'other' Vikings rookie, as early action shows productive pass rush

  • FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2014, file photo, Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Anthony Barr gets set on the field during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Minneapolis. Barr has 1 1/2 sacks in his preseason action so far, and the Vikings have even experimented with him at defensive end. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2014, file photo, Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Anthony Barr gets set on the field during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Minneapolis. Barr has 1 1/2 sacks in his preseason action so far, and the Vikings have even experimented with him at defensive end. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Anthony Barr (55) forces a fumble by Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton (5) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Anthony Barr (55) forces a fumble by Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton (5) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)  (The Associated Press)

Both of Minnesota's first-round draft picks have been part of the themes that emerged from the first two preseason games.

Vikings fans have eagerly chanted and cheered for Teddy Bridgewater. Anthony Barr has been a productive pass rusher.

Even if Bridgewater is the backup quarterback this year, he's still the featured acquisition. Barr, though, was selected 23 spots higher and could make a much bigger impact on the season. Over the first two exhibitions, Barr has a sack and a half and a forced fumble.

Not only has he been playing outside linebacker, but the Vikings have experimented with him at defensive end in passing situations.

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