Relying on rookie CB Dantzler brings growing pains for Vikes

Relying on rookie CB Dantzler brings growing pains for Vikes
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling catches a 45-yard touchdown pass in front of Minnesota Vikings cornerback Cameron Dantzler (27) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Minneapolis. (Source: AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cameron Dantzler picked up his nickname “The Needle” in high school in Louisiana for his skinny frame and hard-hitting ability.

His entry into the NFL has predictably come with growing pains, too.

Dantzler’s debut for the Minnesota Vikings was a rough one, as Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers picked apart the young Vikings cornerbacks in a 43-34 season-opening victory.

The Packers produced the highest score allowed by Minnesota since coach Mike Zimmer arrived in 2014.

Rodgers compiled the fourth-highest passing yardage total against the Vikings under Zimmer.

Dantzler’s biggest mistake was a 45-yard touchdown pass he gave up right before halftime.

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