4 changes the Vikings should try against the Lions in Week 17
By Nik Edlund
Give Hand more playing time
Harrison Hand has been an interesting player for the Vikings this season. He hasn’t played a ton, but he has had some flashes on the field in which he looks very promising.
On the season, Hand has accumulated 15 tackles, three pass breakups, and one interception. His coverage has been pretty solid and it is a wonder that he hasn’t seen more time on the field this year.
It’s time for Hand to move up the depth chart and be Minnesota’s No. 3 corner in the team’s final game of the season on Sunday.
Chris Jones is coming off a terrible performance against the New Orleans Saints in Week 16 and he was giving about eight-yard cushions to every receiver that came his way. Jones continuing with the Vikings past this season is doubtful, but Hand is almost certain to be back since the team selected him in the fifth round of the 2020 draft.
Minnesota should go with an all-rookie cornerback group in the final game and see how they fare. Cameron Dantzler and Jeff Gladney have developed nicely and the team should be pumped for their future.
Hand is coming off a solid game against the Saints and he has earned the right to start next to his rookie brethren. If he can finish on a strong note, he’ll be in the mix to be one of the Vikings’ top cornerbacks next season and enter the 2021 season with high expectations.