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.