Trae Waynes: CB has ‘popped up’ says Rick Spielman


With all the talk about rookies Stefon Diggs and Danielle Hunter, Vikings 2015 1st round draft pick Trae Waynes has somewhat flown under the radar so far in training camp.

But don’t worry, the young Mr. Waynes is developing too. In fact, Rick Spielman singled Waynes out when discussing the Vikings’ core of young players Tuesday morning on KFAN.

Truth is, Waynes flying somewhat under-the-radar at Mankato may actually be exactly what the Vikings wanted to happen.

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Before drafting Waynes the Vikings signed veteran CB Terence Newman, a move that allowed the Vikings the luxury of bringing Waynes along slowly if they wished.

Though Waynes right now isn’t expected to start, don’t think his workload at camp has been any lighter.

In fact, the Vikings have made a point of working Waynes out at multiple spots, not just to find out what he’s good at but to make sure he’s learning different techniques.

Mike Zimmer’s thinking seems to be that if they can throw enough stuff at Waynes, he’ll become versatile enough that they can use him either outside or in the slot as future situations dictate.

If Waynes does emerge as a primary corner in 2015, it will likely be at the slot position, where the sometimes-shaky Captain Munnerlyn is presently the main man.

The important thing right now is getting Waynes lots of work and honing his technique so he’ll be able to perform well when he is finally called upon to play.

Waynes might not be called upon to play much until 2016, and that would probably suit Mike Zimmer just fine.

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