Secondary Becomes Primary Focus In 2012 For Vikings

The Minnesota secondary was, without question, one of the worst units in professional football a season ago.

The Vikings ranked near the bottom of the league in YPG in the air while allowing 34 passing TDs. This was furthered evidenced by the Minnesota front office signing CB Chris Carr of the Baltimore Ravens and Zachary Brown of the Bears. The Vikings also used some of their plethora of draft picks to trade up for Notre Dame S Harrison Smith and draft the highly talented Josh Robinson out of Central Florida. All of these moves, and the hopeful return of CB Chris Cook will make for a new-look Minnesota secondary.

The added depth on the outside could allow long-time veteran CB Anotoine Winfield to play on the inside even more than he has in recent years. With Cook, Winfield, and Asher Allen the Vikings have a trio of experienced corners who have been with the team for the last few years. Adding the two FA signees (Brown and Carr) should add depth and allow Josh Robinson to transition into a starting role.

The hope is that Robinson can contribute immediately without feeling the pressure of being a number one corner (which is not ready to do at this point). It appears to be a healthy situation for the rookie as he will have a chance to learn from the likes of Winfield.

Regardless of what happens this season for the Vikings, one thing is certain. The secondary will look a little different than it did in 2011.


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