Notebook: Focusing on Fundamentals Key in Eric Wilson's NFL Debut – Vikings.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Vikings linebacker Eric Wilson is focused on making the most of every opportunity given him.  

He made his pro debut Thursday night when the Vikings defeated the Bills in their first preseason game.

“It was awesome to actually get in my first NFL game,” Wilson said Saturday afternoon. “Even though it was preseason, it’s nice to get out there and just do what I do – play football. And really, prove to the coaches that I know what I’m doing and I’m ready to play in the NFL. It was awesome.”

While he experienced some pregame jitters, he quickly settled in to the game’s rhythm.

“I wasn’t seeing the things that I needed to see at first,” Wilson said. “But eventually the game did slow down for me, and I was able to see more pullers and flashes and things that I should be seeing.

“We practice tough situations every day, so I think our coaches did a really good job preparing us,” he added.

Wilson played 37 defensive snaps, and he seized the opportunity. The rookie led Minnesota with six tackles (four solo) and added two passes defensed and a special teams tackle.

Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer played Wilson mainly at middle linebacker which he said is “probably a little out of position” for him.

“We’re trying to get looks at [Edmond] Robinson and [Emmanuel] Lamur and getting [Ben] Gedeon at the Will,” Zimmer said of the weakside slot. “So he’s playing a little bit out of position, but he can run around and hit, and I thought he did good on special teams.”

Wilson nearly came away with an interception when he got his hands on a tipped ball by Robinson.

“Like a lot of these young guys, they semi go the

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