3 most disappointing Vikings players from the win vs. the Bears

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Dan Chisena – WR

The Vikings shocked their fans and many in the media when they kept undrafted wide receiver, turned safety, turned wide receiver, Dan Chisena on their 53-man roster this year. It was surprising as he clearly wasn’t going to be part of Minnesota’s offense this season, but he was kept over a guy like Alexander Hollins, who did nothing but impress during this past summer’s training camp.

The reason Chisena was held onto was for his supposed special teams prowess. This is how he earned a scholarship at Penn State, as he routinely hustled down the field and threw his body into the returner without a care for his own well-being. The Vikings apparently thought he could be the next Chris Walsh, but so far that hasn’t happened.

Chisena has made some bone-headed plays so far this year and while some of these can be contributed to being a rookie, they are still is disappointing.

On Monday against the Bears, Chisena struggled to make plays once again. First, he tried downing a punt inside the one-yard line, but he had his heels on the stripe, and it resulted in a touchback. He also failed to make the play on Cordarrelle Patterson’s kick return and later in the matchup, he was unable to stop Anthony Miller from returning a punt for 32 yards that got the Bears back inside Minnesota territory with a chance to tie the game.

Chisena was kept for one reason and it was to make plays that prevent these types of big returns from happening. Yes, he’s a rookie and he is on a learning curve. But so far, it’s perplexing as to why the Vikings have kept this guy around.