The Minnesota Vikings are getting closer and closer to the beginning of the regular season and their date with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 9. However, they still need to select who will be their nickleback, or third string cornerback.
As of right now, the two starting cornerbacks are Chris Cook and Antoine Winfield. Cook had legal issues last year that cut his season short to only five games. Winfield, a very seasoned veteran, has lost a step with age, but is still a sound tackler at the age of 35.
Now, the Vikings need to find out who will be behind them. As of right now, their are two that are really standing out in the race for the spot. These two are veteran Chris Carr and rookie Josh Robinson. Carr has six career interceptions and seven career forced fumbles. He most recently played for the Baltimore Ravens.
Robinson is a 21 year old that was a three year starter at Central Florida. Robinson has shown speed and solid tackling so far this season which is incredibly important. He was selected with the third pick in the third round. So far, Robinson is looking like the more athletic corner, but Carr has experience on his side.
There are a few others that are also vying for the spot, but are an outside shot. They are Zack Bowman, Brandon Burton, Bobby Felder, Reggie Jones and Marcus Sherels. There is a good shot that the majority of those names will be cut by the end of the preseason.
Whoever the Vikings select will need to really step it up this year. The Vikings secondary was one of the worst last year as they ranked 29th in the NFL. The Vikings secondary has always been an issue, and hopefully this year it will be a bit better and help them win a few more games.
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