It seems as though Vikings fans are a bit torn on Trae Waynes and his play early in his career. For many organizations, a player drafted 11th overall in his respective draft is expected to make an impact early on, but that is not how Mike Zimmer does things. Zimmer is not afraid to let his young guys sit and learn, as evidence of Waynes seeing limited action in his rookie season in Minnesota. Now is the time for the young cornerback to show the coaching staff that he is ready to replace the ageless wonder Terence Newman. With Newman and Xavier Rhodes both missing time in the preseason, Waynes has had plenty of time to play with the first team defense, and he has done a quality job
In the Vikings preseason matchup against the Chargers on Sunday, Waynes defended a pass intended for Keenan Allen and it was intercepted by Harrison Smith. However, Waynes has also made a few mistakes in regards to where he has lined up in certain situations, which he must fix before the start of the regular season.
If all goes according to plan for Waynes, Vikings fans should be excited about the second-year defender.