MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Tyrone Carter should take Willie Shaw's advice more often.
Carter, a safety in college and his first two years in the NFL, will start at right cornerback Sunday against Buffalo. Which is exactly the position Shaw, the Minnesota Vikings' defensive coordinator, felt Carter should have been playing all along.
"He's flourished," head coach Mike Tice said. "We're happy he's going to be given this chance. We think he'll do really well. He's an aggressive player, he's playing with a high level of confidence. And that's what we need back there."
Carter replaces Eric Kelly, who started 11 games as a rookie last year but struggled last week against Chicago when matched mostly against Marty Booker, who had 198 of the Bears' 288 yards receiving.
That prompted coaches to give Carter, who showed rapid progress after switching positions, a shot against Buffalo receiver Eric Moulds.
The 5-foot-8, 190-pound Carter started at strong safety this summer, but fell behind rookie Willie Offord and Brian Russell on the depth chart early in training camp. Still, he says he was feeling "iffy" about Shaw's idea to switch him.
"It's just me being a safety all through college, it's kinda hard to wear it off. But once I made that transition, the sky's the limit," Carter said.
The Vikings placed rookie linebacker Raonall Smith on the injured reserve list Wednesday and re-signed veteran Lemanski Hall.
Smith, who won Hall's starting job at weakside linebacker during training camp, is still experiencing pain in his right shoulder, which he hurt during a preseason game at Buffalo. The second-round draft pick from Washington State will miss the season.
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