5 Vikings who need to bounce back in the second preseason game

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Player No. 3

Lewis Cine - S

There's a lot of excitement surrounding Lewis Cine this preseason. Minnesota's first-round pick from 2022 missed the majority of his rookie season with a broken leg and worked his tail off in the offseason to get back into game shape and ready for training camp.

Many assumed he'd make a strong push to beat out Cam Bynum for the starting job opposite Harrison Smith, but if the game against the Seahawks taught us anything, it's that Cine still has a long way to go.

Cine struggled in pretty much all facets of the game. He missed some tackles, blew some coverages, and got pancaked by a running back. The frustration was evident on his face late in the game when the camera panned to him sitting on the sidelines.

Yeah, he's still young and basically a rookie, but there was hope he'd fare much better going against second and third-stringers.

There is some silver lining to Cine's poor game. It appeared he was too aggressive at times and was trying to take guys' heads off instead of just wrapping up and making the tackle. He does need to be given a bit of a break since this is the first game action he's seen in almost a year.

That being said, the Vikings' Week 2 preseason matchup against the Titans needs to go much better for the second-year man if he hopes to gain any ground on Bynum's starting job.