5 Vikings who could benefit most from their bye week
By Clay Vasquez
Andrew Booth Jr. – CB
There is no denying that the Vikings have struggled in coverage this season. Though the entire secondary as a unit shares the blame, a lot of this falls on the shoulders of newly acquired nickle corner, Chandon Sullivan.
Sullivan is in a very difficult position of covering the slot, and while he hasn’t been abysmal this season, his most recent game against Miami greatly highlighted his shortcomings.
Vikings second-round rookie Andrew Booth Jr. could be the answer the team is looking for, he just hasn’t been healthy enough to show it.
This past weekend, Booth was off the injury report after dealing with a quad injury, but he rarely saw the field. The bye week should be great for Booth, as it allows him to rest and get healthier if needed (he has an injury history dating back to high school) and it also gives him the chance to get more familiar with the Vikings’ defense.
Booth has been injured for most of the season, so while he was at practices, he wasn’t able to fully work with the defense and get a feel for the scheme. Now that he is healthy, the week off would be a great time for him to do some catching up.
Booth has the ability to be a star corner in this league, there’s a reason he was drafted as high as he was. With Minnesota struggling in the secondary, the young Clemson product may need to step into a larger role and prove himself sooner than later.