Zimmer Impressed with Waynes' Improvement

January 01, 2018 02:42 PM

The Vikings finished the season with the top scoring defense in the NFL and it took a team effort to do it. All-Pro caliber players like Xavier Rhodes, Harrison Smith and Everson Griffen did their part, but second tier players also took a big step forward. 

Third year cornerback Trae Waynes played extremely well versus Chicago on Sunday - breaking up two passes and recording a tackle for loss.

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"This second half of the year he's played really well," Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said on Monday. "There was a lot of times earlier in the year I was helping him a lot. I'm not doing that very much anymore. So, he's been out there on his own and I actually think that's part of the reason why the defensive numbers have come down quite a bit. Because of the way these corners cover on the back end."

The Vikings had the best third down defense in the league and also allowed the fewest total yards this season.

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