Dalvin Cook on Defense? Kris Boyd on Offense? Teammates Don’t Think So

Kris Boyd Criticizes Vikings Fans after Win
Dec 9, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive back Kris Boyd. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports.

Brian Robison regularly creates some great content with his “96 Questions” video series. The most recent installment features this question: “Which Viking Would be The Worst At Playing On The Other Side of The Ball?” Predictably, there were some great responses.

Truthfully, I didn’t know who the players would lean toward, but a pattern quickly became apparent. Offensive players don’t think Kris Boyd would do well on the other side of the ball. Meanwhile, defensive players suggested Dalvin Cook couldn’t make the adjustment to defense.

The brief video provides a snapshot, a condensed version of the broader consensus. Danielle Hunter’s answer is pretty funny.

By my count, five Vikings players named Boyd as the one who couldn’t make the transition. The reason? They don’t think he has the hands. Cook may not have the capacity to be a successful defensive player, but his teammates were quick to offer their praise for how good he is as a running back.

My opinion for who could successfully make the transition?

I’d probably lean toward the linemen for the easiest switch. If we’re excluding linemen, then I’d pick C.J. Ham for defense (Eric Kendricks picked Ham, as well) and Patrick Peterson for the offense. Both are strong, intelligent players who have the capacity to do a number of things well.

The question that Brian Robison asks in his “96 Questions” episode is about some lighthearted fun. At the end of the day, it’s very unlikely that Kevin O’Connell tasks one of his players with playing on the other side of the ball.

However, one does think of Mike Vrabel – a linebacker – occasionally getting snaps at tight end with the Patriots. Perhaps O’Connell will surprise us by tasking one of his players with taking snaps on the other side, but don’t hold your breath.

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