Better play from young secondary
This one is the most nitpicky of the bunch. But again, after a game like last Sunday’s, it’s hard to find too many areas that the Vikings need to improve.
The fact is that while Minnesota’s young corners like Kris Boyd, Nate Meadors, and Mark Fields aren’t expected to contribute much this season. But when they are on the field, they have to be much, much better.
In Week 1, Fields, basically just watched Julio Jones catch a garbage-time touchdown. In Week 3, Meadors did pretty much the same thing on a late Tyrell Williams touchdown. He just stood there as Williams ran his route and didn’t even try to break up the pass. It was as if Meadors didn’t think that Williams was the man he was supposed to be covering, or if it was even a pass play.
Granted these guys are only going to see the field if there is an emergency or if the Vikings are in garbage time like they have in the first and third weeks of the season. However, Minnesota is only one injury away in the secondary from seeing one of these players take significant snaps this year.
They have to improve, otherwise, opposing teams will pick on these inexperienced corners and they will put up points in droves against the Vikings’ defense.
Yes, Boyd and company are a group late picks and undrafted rookies, but they can’t continue to be as bad as they’ve been through the first three weeks of the season.