The elder statesman of the Minnesota Vikings cornerback room,
, has spoken.
Patrick Peterson weighed in on the situation after a series of cryptic tweets from a disgruntled Cameron Dantzler surfaced, casting doubt on his relationship with the team.
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Dantzler’s complaints stem from his lack of defensive playing time after starting 10 games as a rookie last season. The second-year corner has played just 16 snaps in one game this season on the defensive side of the ball. Following last Sunday’s win over the Seattle Seahawks, Dantzler tweeted, “I’m tired of biting my tongue about this whole situation (for real).” It was concerning after a game in which the Vikings appeared to be clicking on all cylinders. On the All Things Covered podcast, Peterson offered some advice to the younger cornerback:
You just want to be able to communicate with your guys and be able to see what made them come to that point. To put that out on social media. Coming into talk to one of the boys, or whatever the case may be.
I’m not a head coach. So I can’t say it was “selfish” or whatever the case may be. But as far as me trying to keep a young guy like Cam (Dantzler) in the game, at the end of the day, like I always tell him and Kris (Boyd)…
“Stay ready. You never know when that opportunity
is going to come and you don’t want to piss away that
opportunity when it come.”
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Dantzler’s Chance May Come Soon
Despite Dantzler not playing a week ago and his standing with the coaching staff on ice, the Vikings may have no choice but to play the second-year corner. On Thursday, starting cornerbacks Bashaud Breeland (illness) and Mackensie Alexander (personal reasons) did not practice. Alexander has missed the last two days of practice due to an undisclosed personal matter, while Breeland’s illness status was revealed on Thursday.
Dantzler would most likely start in place of Breeland on the outside. Through three weeks, Breeland has been rated the worst cornerback in the NFL, ranking 108th out of 108 players at his position. Breeland has allowed 18 receptions on 21 targets for 257 yards and four touchdowns, good for a near-perfect 157. In coverage, a maximum of two passer ratings are permitted. In the last two weeks, he’s been on the decline, allowing all 13 pass attempts thrown his way to be caught for 150 yards and two touchdowns, according to PFF. In Week 2, Dantzler played significantly better across 16 snaps against the Arizona Cardinals. On four targets, he allowed two catches for 23 yards and a 54. A.J. Green’s pass was intercepted in the end zone, giving him a passer rating of 6.
The Vikings’ injury report on Friday could provide more information about their cornerback depth as they prepare for a key matchup against the Cleveland Browns. Clean Bowled News