The Vikings will have an interesting summer when it comes to the corner position, and one decision in camp that will be fun to watch is that of first-round Trae Waynes and if he can make it to the starting lineup right away.
NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal wrote today about the competition between Waynes and 36-year-old Terence Newman, who is in the way of the rookie starting.
Here’s the piece:
No. 11 overall picks like Minnesota Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes usually start in Week 1. That’s especially true when the primary competition for said draft pick is a 36-year-old.
But there are early indications that journeyman veteran Terence Newman is in pole position to start opposite Xavier Rhodes. Master Tesfatsion of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune wrote this week that the “safe money” is on Newman starting. Last with the Cowboys, Newman been working with the starting unit opposite Xavier Rhodes this offseason. Captain Munnerlyn is expected to be the team’s nickel back.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has worked with Newman before in Cincinnati. Zimmer has asked Waynes to learn multiple positions and many coverages. The coach said in June Waynes is still sometimes “unsure” of where he should be.
Even if Waynes doesn’t start day one – he will be a big part of the Vikings defense moving forward.