Rookie Journey

Rookie Journey
The Man With a Plan
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
By Jenny Vrentas
Rookie Journey
Home for a Minute
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.
By Jenny Vrentas
Rookie Journey
You’d Better Be Better
Pro Day: 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
By Jenny Vrentas
Rookie Journey
I’m RB35 … and a Whole Lot More Than a Number
I’m RB35 and a Whole Lot More
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
By Jenny Vrentas
Rookie Journey
‘Always Earning Your Keep’
‘You’re 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
By Jenny Vrentas
Rookie Journey
For Zach Line, Day-to-Day Has Become Year-to-Year
For Zach Line, Day-to-Day Has Become Year-to-Year
The undrafted rookie beat the odds to make the Vikings’ 53-man roster. Now the 23-year-old fullback has locked onto a new mission: rehabbing his shoulder and returning as an impact player in 2014
By Jenny Vrentas
Rookie Journey
A Not-So-Simple Twist of Fate
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)
By Jenny Vrentas
Rookie Journey
What It’s Like to Make the Cut
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
By Jenny Vrentas
Rookie Journey
Decision Day Looms
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
By Jenny Vrentas
Rookie Journey
Now That’s How You Start!
Now That’s How You Start!
On his first touch in an NFL game, undrafted Vikings rookie Zach Line took it to the house for a 61-yard touchdown. It was a moment to savor—and to build on
By Jenny Vrentas