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Friday, October 26, 2007

McCauley demoted

Vikings rookie Marcus McCauley, one of the team's hottest players in training camp, has apparently cooled off.

McCauley was demoted from the third cornerback spot, according to a person close to the situation, and replaced by Charles Gordon.

McCauley has technically started three games because the Vikings opened in the nickel package.
McCauley, who is seventh on the team with 28 tackles, has been picked on in a few games, most notably against the Green Bay Packers.

A rookie free agent out of Kansas in 2006, Gordon only has two tackles on defense, but he is second with six special teams tackles. He started the 2006 season finale and finished with eight tackles.

On Friday, asked about McCauley's confidence, Vikings coach Brad Childress said, "You want him to be confident in what we are doing, in his techniques and his abilities and know that, 'Hey, at best you are still going to get beat in this league by very good wide receivers.'

“You have got to come back and fight another day,” Childress said.


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