Dan Chisena performed musical chairs all through Vikings coaching camp.
A large receiver in school, Chisena was moved to security, then again to huge receiver with the Vikings — an preliminary signal he perhaps wasn’t the suitable match at both place. Though he didn’t shine in camp as a large receiver, he was valued for his bodily items, making the Vikings’ 53-man roster on Saturday.
“(The Vikings) got here to him within the final couple of days,’’ Chisena’s agent, Joe Linta, instructed Chris Tomasson. “They see benefit in him as a soccer participant. He was probably the greatest particular groups gamers within the nation final 12 months at Penn State, so I believe he has a spot on particular groups they usually’re attempting to see what sort of versatility he can have. The man is aware of easy methods to sort out, in order that gained’t be that massive of a transition.”
Chisena, undrafted out of Penn State, ran an unofficial 4.32 40-yard sprint, which might be the third-best time amongst all 2020 NFL draft picks. Standing 6-foot-Three he has all of the bodily instruments to turn out to be a deep risk within the NFL, and for now, a particular groups gunner — an identical function Adam Thielen performed as a special-teamer turned Professional Bowl expertise.
Chisena is the second particular groups huge receiver on the Vikings roster as fifth-rounder Okay.J. Osborn made the roster and is poised to be the Vikings’ return man.
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Chisena is a school observe star turned soccer participant who, whereas 23 years previous, might have the slimmest soccer expertise of any rostered NFL rookie. Ending his whole soccer profession with simply three catches for 66 yards, Chisena wasn’t added off rookie free company for his manufacturing in school, however somewhat, his potential.
In highschool, Chisena was an all-conference huge receiver and state champion observe runner, profitable the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay as a senior. He walked on to Penn State’s soccer and observe groups his freshman 12 months and earned a observe scholarship that prohibited him from taking part in on each groups as a sophomore.
“In the end, (I) made the choice to assist out my household financially and attempt to excel at one sport as an alternative of be common at two and determined to run observe for a pair years,” Chisena instructed Vikings.com.
Chisena turned removed from common as a sprinter. He was an All-American and helped the Nittany Lions win the Massive 10 championship in 2017 and break a number of college data within the course of.
An damage his junior 12 months in 2018 led him to reconvene with Penn State soccer coach James Franklin, who gave Chisena a second probability at soccer and a full-ride scholarship. He performed in 12 video games in 2019 for the Nittany Lions, who completed the season ranked ninth within the FBS.
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The Work Begins
Thielen’s street to NFL stardom was one paved in dogged perseverance and arduous work. First a practice-squad participant, then particular teamer and part-time huge receiver, Thielen carved his footprint into the Vikings offense in his fourth season.
Chisena, who’s been working in straight strains for many of his athletic profession, could have a chance to lastly hone in on his soccer skills for the primary time in his profession. There’s loads of work to be carried out, and at age 23, he’s a bit older than the best undertaking huge receiver.
“I’m going to go in and do one of the best that I can with the alternatives that I’m given, and do no matter I can to assist this group… at receiver or on particular groups,” Chisena stated. “I’m simply trying ahead to being grateful for no matter alternatives come my manner and attempting to make the most of them and letting the issues I can’t management deal with themselves.
Trevor Squire is a Heavy contributor protecting the Minnesota Vikings and journalism graduate from the College of Minnesota — Twin Cities. Join with him on Twitter @trevordsquire and be part of our Vikings group at Heavy on Vikings on Fb.
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