4 problems the Vikings need to fix during their bye week

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Cornerback woes

Getting rid of Trae Waynes, Xavier Rhodes, and Mackensie Alexander during free agency earlier this year might have been for the greater good. But this hasn’t exactly come off as a wise decision for the Vikings given how much their new-look group has struggled through the first six weeks of the season.

Injuries haven’t helped their cause. Mike Hughes has been in and out of the lineup during a year where he was expected to slot in as the No. 1 option, which has been a frustrating trend for the former first-round pick during his career.

Holton Hill has been nothing short of abysmal wherever he’s lined up. Much was expected of the talented corner after he missed a large part of the 2019 campaign due to suspension. But things haven’t turned out as expected and it would be a huge surprise if Minnesota kept him around beyond this season.

The rookie duo of Cameron Dantzler and Jeff Gladney has shown some promise. But rookie cornerbacks also tend to go through their share of growing pains at a position that does leave players exposed more than most.

Turning things around will not be easy, especially since teams now have some solid film on how to make the most out of Minnesota’s deficiencies in this area.