Holmes, who is taking first-team reps at defensive end while Danielle Hunter was sidelined Wednesday for a third straight practice, dropped to 277 pounds after weighing as much as 300 pounds as a defensive tackle last season.

A 2018 fourth-round pick, Holmes has struggled to find a consistent role in two Vikings seasons, playing a career-high 38 snaps with fellow reserves in last year’s regular season finale.

Holmes has briefly appeared in NFL action as an end, but the Vikings hope a full-time move is a better fit.

“[End] is probably a better spot for him,” head coach Mike Zimmer said. “Things don’t happen quite as fast out there at end. So far he’s done a nice job and we’re looking forward to more improvement.”

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