Five Minnesota Vikings players need to step up in 2020 (part 2)
September 15, 2020
3. Holton Hill, corner back
The corner back position is going to look quite different from the offensive line. Gone are Mackensie Alexander, Xavier Rhodes, and Trae Waynes, and now some new defensive backs will need to step up to take their place.
The Vikings’ 2020 first-round draft pick Jeff Gladney may see the field more than a rookie should. Luckily, Holton Hill can help to ease the growing pains that may come with the transition.
His biggest problem with the Vikings is his off-field behavior and he has received suspensions from violating as well as using performance-enhancing substances. The team will need him to join after seeing their previous starter leave.
However, fortunately, when on the field, Hill shouldn’t have to step up too much to be able to become a game-changer and a play maker.
4. Mike Hughes, corner back
As another former first-round pick of the team, Mike Hughes has suffered injuries that have kept him off the field. Although he has looked like a capable defender when on the field, he still has plenty of chance to grow and several things he will need to prove. If he can play all 16 matches of the 2020 regular season at a high level, it will help the team develop from the loss of their starting corners from the recent years.
The Vikings just need him to progress over time and mesh with the current defense, particularly if the defensive line can get a good pass rush in order to make things easier on the secondary.
5. Anthony Barr, linebacker
Signing Anthony Barr, the Vikings made a huge investment with a contract worth $67.5 million in five years. It shows that the team wants to keep Barr with Eric Kendricks. However, that’s a lot of dough.
Last year, Barr wasn’t as effective as he could have been before so the team need to use Barr in other ways. He could be a major contributor and a locker room leader when on the field in 2020.