5 nightmare scenarios for the Minnesota Vikings in 2022

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Secondary becomes a weak link

At least from the outside looking in, there is a lot to like about the Vikings within their secondary. They have two prominent veterans to lean on in Harrison Smith and Patrick Peterson, with plenty of younger members of the roster looking to make an impression to further assist the team’s cause.

It will be interesting to see how quickly Lewis Cine and Andrew Booth Jr. can acclimatize to the pro ranks. Both players were drafted early by the Vikings in 2022, which comes with increased expectations and especially considering the unique skills each individual brings to the table.

Having Cine and Smith as the safety tandem provides stability and physicality in equal measure. The biggest question mark surrounds Booth, who has all the makings of a shutdown cornerback but will need to pick things up in double-quick time following a recent injury.

This is also a big season for Cameron Dantzler. The former third-round pick is now the best corner in Minnesota from a consistency standpoint and another leap forward in Year 3 could see him paid handsomely next spring as a result.

There is far too much talent in the secondary for them to fall on their face entirely. But if this unit does end up becoming a weak link, then Minnesota can kiss their chances of a postseason berth goodbye.

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