3 most disappointing Vikings in their win over the Chargers

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Chris Herndon – TE

Chris Herndon was acquired by the Vikings for a fourth-round choice and they haven’t gotten much return so far on that investment. Herndon has gone from zero production to a little since the last time he was on this list, but even so, three receptions for 23 yards and one touchdown hardly scream fourth-round value.

Herndon had another tough outing against the Chargers. He did catch his first pass and rumbled for 14 yards which was just fine, but then he had a horrible drop later in the game. Cousins hurled a pass toward Herndon, and it was right at his face level. Herndon put his hands up to catch it and it went right through the wickets and bonked off his facemask. It really summed up his time with the Vikings so far and was a good metaphor for the value the Vikings received from this trade.

Chris Herndon needs to take advantage of every target that comes his way. If he’s going to be a productive part of the Vikings’ offense, he needs to earn Kirk Cousins‘ trust. That won’t happen if he’s letting easy receptions slip through his fingers. Conklin has proven to be the much better option and the Vikings could’ve signed someone off the street as they did with Luke Stocker instead of wasting future draft capital on a part-time tight end.