Alexander Shun | @alexpshun
Digital Content Manager | KFAN.com
When cornerback Captain Munnerlyn signed a new four-year contract with the Carolina Panthers, he left a hole in the Minnesota Vikings secondary, particularly at the nickel cornerback position. The question was, who will get the opportunity to replace Munnerlyn? We now have the answer.
Speaking with our guy Paul Allen today on #92Noon, Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer confirmed that second-year cornerback Mackensie Alexander would be the guy to get the first shot at seizing the starting nickel cornerback position.
"Yes," Zimmer confirmed when asked about Alexander getting the first opportunity to earn the starting nickel job. "What he does with it is up to him."
Alexander had a rather quiet and admittedly disappointing rookie season, appearing in 13 games while making just five combined tackles and breaking up one pass.
The former second-round pick was placed on Injured-Reserve late in the season after battling multiple injuries throughout the season including an ankle injury, a groin injury and an abdomen injury.
The talent and potential for a guy like Alexander is certainly there, unlocking said potential will be the big key heading into next season. If he can do that, he should have no problem taking the nickel corner job and running with it.
To listen to Zimmer's full interview with PA, CLICK HERE...