4 reasons why Minnesota Vikings could struggle in 2020

(Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) Pat Elflein
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(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Mike Hughes
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Minnesota Vikings’ Inexperienced Cornerbacks

This could be the downfall of the Minnesota Vikings in 2020.

Sure, the argument could be made with cornerback Xavier Rhodes now out of the picture, there has been an improvement in the secondary by means of subtraction, but rolling with a group of corners who lack as much experience is a rare and risky venture.

Defensive backs Mike Hughes and Holton Hill are the two most experienced cover men currently on the Vikings. They have a combined nine starts between the two. The next two players on the depth chart are rookies who have never played a snap in the NFL. Then there is Kris Boyd, who was a seventh-round pick just a year ago, and he has logged 96 career snaps on defense.

These young players who make up the Vikings’ group of cornerbacks are talented, and that can’t be denied. However, it often takes cornerbacks in the NFL at least a season or two to acclimate to the complex offenses and route trees that offenses implement. There could be a period of adjustment with these young players, and by the time the light comes on, it could be too late as the Vikings could find themselves out of the playoff picture.