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Moritz Böhringer learning the difference between Germany and the NFL


The Vikings made wide receiver Moritz Böhringer the first player drafted out of a European league when they selected the German national in the sixth round of this year’s draft, but that was just the first step in his journey to an NFL field.

Böhringer grabbed NFL attention because of his mixture of size -- 6'4", 227 pounds -- and athletic ability, although any team taking him had to know that the quantum leap in competition would make for a difficult transition. That makes it little surprise to learn that the process is moving slowly for Böhringer at this point.

“I have to get used to it that it’s my job now and not just a hobby,” Böhringer said, via the Pioneer Press. “Most of the time, it’s a mental thing. I’m not 100 percent comfortable with the playbook, but I think it will come in time.”

Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said it’s “crazy” to see someone as big and fast as Böhringer on the field, but the learning curve he faces makes it likely that it will be a while before the Vikings are comfortable enough to give him a role on their offense.