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Kalil: 'It's just a matter of time'

Rookie left tackle Matt Kalil says, "It's just a matter of time" before he starts playing at a more comfortable level for the Vikings. In a Q & A with the Pioneer Press, Kalil says he plans on being as dominant in the NFL as he was at the University of Southern California.
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