Cine’s rise is still in progress
Heading into the 2022 NFL Draft, no one really knew what new Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah had in mind for his team. Minnesota could have gone in a number of different directions with their first pick in the draft, but eventually, they decided to use their top selection on former Georgia safety Lewis Cine.
Following the departure of Xavier Woods in free agency this offseason, the Vikings were in need of finding someone to pair with Harrison Smith in the back of their secondary. With Cine, Minnesota thinks they’ve found Smith’s new partner in crime.
However, it might take a little longer than some were hoping for this duo to both be a part of the Vikings’ starting defense.
Cine has had plenty of instances in Minnesota’s training camp this summer where he’s proven why he was drafted in the first round. Still, Camryn Bynum seemed to be getting the majority of the first-team snaps at the other safety spot next to Smith during the last few weeks.
Even if Cine doesn’t start to begin the regular season, the Vikings are still probably going to find ways to get the dynamic defensive back on the field each week. At the same time, don’t be surprised if the rookie is in Minnesota’s starting lineup by the midway point of their season.