CINCINNATI — There was a surprise name on the Vikings’ inactive list when it dropped 90 minutes before Sunday’s season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.
While everyone knew linebacker Anthony Barr was going to be out with a knee injury, left tackle Christian Darrisaw was out with a groin injury and rookie quarterback Kellen Mond was out in favor of veteran quarterback Sean Mannion, not many expected cornerback Cameron Dantzler to be a healthy scratch.
This is quite the fall from grace for 23-year-old Dantzler. After ending last season at the No. 1 cornerback on the Vikings roster — largely due to injuries — he currently finds himself buried on the depth chart.
Not only is Dantzler predictably behind veteran starting cornerbacks Patrick Peterson and Bashaud Breeland and starting nickelback Mackensie Alexander, he appears to be behind reserve cornerbacks Kris Boyd and Harrison Hand.