We’ve been sweating the cornerback depth issue for weeks now, and here we are two days before the season opener and still the Vikings haven’t signed anyone to fill that need.
And it doesn’t look like they’ll be bringing anyone in at the last minute either.
Brad Childress more-or-less closed the door on any further moves to strengthen the defensive backfield, saying the team would fill that need “from within” instead.
“From within” means two things: Cedric Griffin being healthy enough to play, and/or Marcus Sherels being signed off the practice squad.
Right now, the coaches say they still consider Griffin a long shot to make it on the field Thursday night in New Orleans. But Cedric himself says he plans to be out there.
As for Marcus Sherels…he did make a couple nice plays in the preseason, and maybe at some point down the road he will make a decent nickel corner, but I don’t know if I’m ready to see him suiting up against Drew Brees yet.
All that being said, if you look at the names available at cornerback since the final roster cuts, it’s probably no surprise the Vikings didn’t make any moves. There are no saviors out there. I’m guessing the Vikes have been hoping for Cedric to play all along, and are now fairly satisfied that he will be able to make it. But of course they’re still saying he’s a long shot because…well, those are the kinds of games you play heading into a huge season opening showdown.