The Minnesota Vikings welcomed a handful of new corners this offseason, including veterans Byron Murphy, Joejuan Williams and John Reid. USC’s Mekhi Blackmon joined from the 2023 NFL Draft. CJ Coldon, NaJee Thompson and Jaylin Williams all entered the fold via undrafted free agency.
NFL ‘Stat of the Day’ is really something for the Vikings
Meanwhile, a staggering number of veteran CBs have left the organization: Patrick Peterson (Steelers), Duke Shelley (Raiders), Cameron Dantlzer (Bills), Chandon Sullivan (Steelers), and Kris Boyd (Cardinals).
Winds of change in the Vikings’ secondary, new defensive coordinator Brian Flores will hope to repair the defense that allowed the second-most passing yards to opponents in 2022. Flores replaced outgoing Ed Donatell in February and evidently sought a big trade. scale. in the CB room.
And the roster turnover on CB was so great that it caught the eye of a man for an ‘NFL Stat of the Day’. The Huddle Report‘s Sam Teets tweeted Wednesday, “Stat of the Day: According to PFF, this offseason the Minnesota Vikings he said goodbye to five cornerbacks who played outside or in the nickel and contributed a total of 2,990 defensive snaps in 2022.“
Whether this statistic implies a positive or negative future for Minnesota is in the eye of the beholder. Some might suggest keeping some Cornerback continuity look is preferred. After all, the Vikings created a point of emphasis in the last six months to maintain full offensive line continuity, returning to the starting five starting in 2022. Why not cornerback?
VikingsTerritory‘s Janik Eckardt noticed Teets’ tweet and gave his opinion“After watching them play for 18 games, I have to say: thank God.”
Overall, it seemed almost miraculous in hindsight that the Vikings would go to 13 wins in 2022 en route to an NFC North title while putting up the third-worst defense in the league by points allowed. Imagine a team’s ceiling of 13 wins in a given season if No Give out points to opponents as candy.
Fortunately, he’ll get a verdict on the Vikings’ CB plan in no time. The regular season begins in 67 days. The aforementioned Murphy is set to start at CB1, with one player from this group starting at CB2: Andrew Booth, Akayleb Evans, Joejuan Williams or Mekhi Blackmon.
Minnesota can’t get much worse if it gives up passing yards and passing touchdowns. We’ll see if completely avoiding CB continuity was the right way to go.
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