7 takeaways from the Vikings’ win over the Falcons in Week 1

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins
(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins /
7 of 8
(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Mackensie Alexander
(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Mackensie Alexander /

Time to worry about the secondary depth

Prior to their matchup against the Falcons on Sunday, the Vikings depth at cornerback was already pretty thin after their top three guys that includes Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes, and Mackensie Alexander.

Well, Minnesota’s corner depth was handed a potential big blow this week when Alexander went down with a dislocated elbow. There’s a chance that he might not miss any time, but it’s more likely that the Vikings will be without Alexander for their next few games.

In addition to Alexander suffering an injury, Rhodes was seen limping on the sidelines at times during Sunday’s contest. So one game into their season and Minnesota’s group of corners are already struggling to stay healthy.

What the Vikings will do over the next few weeks if Alexander has to miss time is still unknown at this point.

Mike Hughes has been cleared to play, but there is still no indication of when he might return to the field as he continues to recover from a torn ACL. Minnesota could decide to give more snaps to safety Jayron Kearse in Alexander’s absence as he has shown recently that he can both cover and tackle well during his snaps on defense.

The Vikings could also consider bringing in a veteran corner who is currently a free agent. Brent Grimes, Captain Munnerlyn, and Orlando Scandrick are a few guys that Minnesota may look at bringing in if Alexander needs to sit out a few games.

Luckily, the Vikings really only have to worry about one quarterback (Aaron Rodgers) during their next four matchups. But still, Alexander having to miss time could potentially have a big impact on the outcome of Minnesota’s current season.