Bleacher Report Thinks Andrew Booth Should Go Play in the AFC

Grim Injury News for Vikings CB
Aug 14, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. (23) in the first half against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports.

The Minnesota Vikings will decide in a few days how many cornerbacks to keep on the active roster probably five or six at the NFL’s August 29th roster trimdown deadline.

Bleacher Report Thinks Andrew Booth Should Go Play in the AFC

And if Bleacher Report gets its way, the team should cut bait with second-year cornerback Andrew Booth and trade him to the Miami Dolphins for an undefined compensation package.

Aug 10, 2023; Seattle, Washington, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mekhi Blackmon (11) and Minnesota Vikings cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. (23) talk during warmups prior to the game at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports.

The Vikings drafted Booth 16 months ago, and the young corner has not taken the league by storm, battling injuries and on-the-field futility in Year One. Fast forward to Vikings training camp and preseason camp this summer, and not much has changed.

Booth will likely make the 53-man roster next week but probably begin his second season in a reservist role.

Thinks Andrew Booth
Mar 5, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Clemson defensive back Andrew Booth (DB04) talks to the media during the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports.

Accordingly, Bleacher Report has seen enough and dropped Booth into an article suggesting one trade for every NFL team. BR‘s Alex Ballentine explained about Booth to Miami, “Booth has already missed time with an undisclosed injury during training camp. He returned, but it’s emblematic of his questionable health moving forward. Some on the Vikings beat have noted that Booth has struggled in camp. The injuries could be playing a role, but the switch from Ed Donatell to Brian Flores as defensive coordinator could be playing a role too.”

For now, Byron Murphy and Akayleb Evans represent the Vikings starting corners, with rookie Mehki Blackmon possibly manning slot CB duties.

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Minnesota Vikings Defensive Coordinator Brian Flores addressed the media from the TCO Performance Center. Flores was hired in February 2023 to take over for Ed Donatel after Minnesota finished 30th in points allowed.

“Donatell is a Vic Fangio disciple with a bend-don’t-break philosophy when it comes to defense. Flores is an amped-up blitzer who wants to live and die with pressure. That puts a lot on cornerbacks and doesn’t necessarily suit Booth,” Ballentine continued with the theory.

The Dolphins hired Fangio this offseason as defensive coordinator.

Load the Box: Position Battles
Aug 14, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Keelan Cole (84) is defended by Minnesota Vikings cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. (23) in the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports.

Ballentine concluded, “Perhaps going to Miami, where Fangio has become the defensive coordinator, would be a better environment for him to find his footing in the league. With Jalen Ramsey suffering a knee injury that could have him out until December, they could use the depth.”

While Booth has not thrived through one season and an additional summer, the Vikings brass is unlikely to ship the man off elsewhere for a low-round draft pick. He came from Round 2 of last year’s draft, and sometimes players take a bit longer to develop.

Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah did, though, conduct four trades in nine days at this time last year on the calendar. Whether Booth or another player via trade, ’tis the season.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Basset Hounds, and The Doors (the band).

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