5 second-year Vikings who could make a big jump in 2020

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Kris Boyd – CB

The Vikings cornerback depth chart got very interesting after this year’s NFL Draft was done. Minnesota added three corners in the actual draft and then signed another after it concluded.

These moves added a lot of depth and competition to this position group and how it all shakes out will be determined in training camp later this summer.

One second-year player who will be in the thick of that competition is Kris Boyd. Boyd had an interesting rookie season. Despite having a pretty brutal preseason where he looked lost and showed very poor tackling form, he still made the team.

Boyd worked extremely hard and eventually, he became a standout on special teams for the Vikings last season. He slowly got worked onto the field and ended up playing 96 snaps with the defense. By the end of the year, his coverage and tackling skills were much improved and he was far from the liability he had been earlier in the season.

Boyd’s progression a year ago was a great thing to see. It shows that he takes coaching well and he is able to change some of the bad habits he displayed during the early part of his career.

Boyd likely won’t win a starting spot over Mike Hughes, Holton Hill, or even Jeff Gladney, but he could be in line to be Minnesota’s fourth cornerback for 2020. He should at least see a major increase in his snaps next season and if he continues to progress, he could be in the mix to start by his third year on the roster.