Rookie Journey

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What It’s Like on the Cutting Edge

Three players whom the The MMQB has followed over the last year—Andre Williams, Zach Line and Austen Lane—experienced the NFL’s toughest weekend in three very different ways

Andre, the Giant

Running back Andre Williams, a Heisman finalist, fell to the fourth round in the NFL draft. But when the phone finally rang, he couldn’t have been happier

The Wait Is Almost Over

The long, arduous draft process is finally wrapping up. After months of uncertainty, Andre Williams is about to find out where his NFL career will begin

The Scare of His Life . . . and the Scar to Prove It

Andre Williams has been running wild ever since he can remember. Not even a horrific hit-and-run car accident when he was a toddler could keep him down for long. In his own words, the Boston College tailback recalls that fateful collision

The Man With a Plan

While most rookies-to-be are fretting over the NFL draft and how much they’ll make next fall, Andre Williams is already taking a longer view into the future

Home for a Minute

The time between the end of the college football season and the NFL draft is a frenzied waiting game for top prospects. To recharge his batteries, Boston College running back Andre Williams took a breather from his training and headed back to a real chill, rural place called Schnecksville, Pa.

You’d Better Be Better

His combine performance wasn’t great, so when scouts showed up on his home turf, Boston College running back Andre Williams made the most of his moment

I’m RB35 ... and a Whole Lot More Than a Number

Andre Williams won the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s best running back last fall. Over the next 11 weeks, The MMQB will chronicle his quest to convince teams that his bruising style can translate to the pass-happy NFL

‘Always Earning Your Keep’

An undrafted rookie, Zach Line beat the odds and found a home in Minnesota. These are the lessons he’ll carry with him going forward in the NFL

A Not-So-Simple Twist of Fate

The Pro Bowl fullback was returning, and the Vikes needed to clear a roster spot. Rookie Zach Line’s tweaked knee provided them with a solution that left him in a strange place (and we don’t mean London)

What It’s Like to Make the Cut

For Zach Line, the news that he’s a Viking came on Saturday, with a phone that didn’t ring. He could be starting alongside Adrian Peterson in the season opener—but it’ll be three more weeks before he knows if the dream will last

Decision Day Looms

One more preseason game, one more chance to impress: By 6 p.m. Saturday, undrafted rookie Zach Line will either be a Viking, a practice-squadder or looking for a job somewhere else

Now Every Rep Is Huge

The pads are on. The coaches are watching. And Adrian Peterson is right there next to you. The first week of camp for Vikings rookie Zach Line meant the first chance to impress—or to blow it

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