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Continued: Four Vikings' position battles to watch during third preseason game

  • Article by: MATT VENSEL , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 23, 2014 - 1:50 PM

“Jasper seems to be a little bit more communicative, and Audie seems to have a little more range,” Zimmer said. “As far as the running game, they are very close and in the passing game, they are similar.”

But the fact that neither is trusted enough to play on passing downs suggests that the Vikings lack an ideal option.

Magic number: 3

One can easily make the case that the competition to be the team’s third cornerback is much more significant than the one at middle linebacker. NFL offenses lined up with three or more wide receivers on more than half of their plays last season, and that figure could surpass 60 percent in 2014.

The Vikings believe they are in good shape with Xavier Rhodes and Captain Munnerlyn. But they can’t feel all that comfortable with their third cornerback. Josh Robinson has been in and out of practice with a hamstring injury. Rookie Jabari Price is now injured after opening eyes in training camp. And reclamation project Derek Cox hasn’t been able to climb the depth chart.

Robinson, who could make his preseason debut, remains the front-runner, but this competition is far from over.

“We’re going to be competing all of the way through this preseason,” defensive coordinator George Edwards said. “Especially in some of those positions that we have had a tighter competition and we’ve had some injuries throughout camp, this is a time for those guys to get back out there. We need to see where they are.”

 

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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pmX42-10
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit NoonX17-3
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo NoonX17-16
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay NoonX19-13 ot
Nov 2 - vs. Washington NoonX29-26
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago NoonX21-13
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay NoonX24-21
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina NoonX31-13
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets NoonX30-24 ot
Dec 14 - at Detroit 3:25 pmX16-14
Dec 21 - at Miami NoonX37-35
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago NoonX13-9

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