The Minnesota Vikings head into training camp with their starting cornerback duo intact, but there will be fierce competition for the reserve spots.
The Minnesota Vikings finished 31st in pass defense, but their unit is too promising to let that kind of debacle happen again.
Xavier Rhodes is set to be the No. 1 corner for the Vikings as he enters his second year. The former Florida State player is set to excel under new head coach Mike Zimmer’s tutelage.
Zimmer got the most out of his defensive players when he was defensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Captain Munnerlyn was signed in free agency, and he will be a major upgrade over Chris Cook and Josh Robinson, who will struggle to make the team after getting burned constantly in coverage.
Derek Cox signed a one-year deal with the Vikings after being a free-agent bust with the San Diego Chargers. He will look for a fresh start as he becomes the Vikings’ main nickel corner.
Marcus Sherels offers punt returning experience, but he will need to step up his defense to ensure he stays in Minnesota.
Kendall James and Jabari Price were each taken very late in the 2014 draft, so they will look to beat out a crowded secondary for roster spots.
The competition for the backup corner spots are wide open, and the Vikings may carry as many as six cornerbacks on the roster. They have a promising starting duo right off the bat as well.