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Josh Robinson’s Injury Creates Opportunities For Vikings CBs

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With the recent news that Minnesota Vikings cornerback Josh Robinson reportedly has a partially torn pectoral muscle, the national media began to immediately take a look at the depth the position has to figure out if the team is well prepared in case Robinson misses significant time.

An injury like this could put Josh Robinson on the shelf for the entire season, or maybe even a significantly shorter time.  As of this post, there hasn’t been a timetable established for his injury.  Because of that, let’s take a look at how the position stacks up without the former 3rd round pick back in 2012.

First, we have the starting unit.  Xavier Rhodes should be inked in as a starter.  Opposite from him, barring any setbacks, should be rookie first round draft pick Trae Waynes.  Covering the slot should be Captain Munnerlyn.  Past that, we have the veteran Terence Newman who will likely be the 4th cornerback.  But then what?

It will likely come down to a competition between several players.  Here is that list in alphabetical order:

Dec 8, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Marcus Sherels (35) celebrates his interception with safety Mistral Raymond (41) against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Jalil Carter

Justin Coleman

  • Shaun Prater
  • Jabari Price
  • Marcus Sherels
  • DeMarcus Van Dyke
  • Judging by this list, I will assume that if the team is to carry 5 cornerbacks that they will once again bring back Marcus Sherels, as he has proven to be decent as a corner but can also contribute on special teams, specifically as a return man on punts.  However, it is never wise to count out some of these young players on the list that are hungry to make a name for themselves.

    Marcus Sherels is one of those guys that I always have on the roster bubble each year when another player steps up to compete for the punt return job.  This year, rookie Stefon Diggs, wide receiver Adam Thielen and several others will be part of that competition.  And should they unseat Sherels for the job, that cornerback competition could be busted even wider open.

    The competition at cornerback for the Minnesota Vikings could be anyone’s game.  Is there a player that you’d like to see make the roster other than Marcus Sherels?  Or do you feel a young player like Jalil Carter will step up and show that he is worth the roster spot?  Let me know in the comments below.

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