Vikings feel Trae Waynes is “right on course”

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Vikings first-round pick Trae Waynes has had a rough time in the team’s first two preseason games, but it’s not causing too much worry for the team’s defensive coordinator.

There have been many highly regarded cornerbacks that needed some time before they were able to make a successful transition from college to the professional ranks and George Edwards believes Waynes is going through that process right now. As a result, Edwards thinks that patience and continued learning will get Waynes where he needs to go as a player.

“We think he’s right on course,” Edwards said, via the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “Everybody is looking for an immediate impact out of him, but … there are a lot of different things that go mentally with the corner position other than just lining up and playing man coverage on a guy. So the adjustment from pro to college, the different rules, how far you can put your hands on him down the field, all those different things weigh into the equation. … I think he went out the first game and learned something; I think he went out this past week, he learned something. As long as he keeps learning and keeps competing to get better, we think he’s right where we need him to be.”

Coach Mike Zimmer said that the team has decided not to use Waynes in the slot this season, saying it was “overzealous” to try to get the rookie up to speed at two places during camp. That decision will allow him to concentrate on playing outside, where he’ll be behind starters Terence Newman and Xavier Rhodes while working to gain the expertise he’ll need to thrive as a pro.

50 responses to “Vikings feel Trae Waynes is “right on course”

  1. He’s on the right course … said every team about every one of their draft picks every year.

  2. Zimmer put Xavier Rhodes through the same process last year, and by year’s end Rhodes was a top-5 CB. My guess is Zimmer will do the same thing for Waynes.

  3. As the nuttiest Viking fan around (nutj0b,) I believe that Trae has a long way to go before he will be good. The Vikings have a long and deep history of over hyping their players due to the desperation and lack of winning a Championship for far too long. It’s tough getting up in the morning during football season knowing that 1 day this week my beloved hapless Vikings are going to get put in their place no matter how much delusional our fan base spits!

  4. He’s a bust, he has been getting torched all camp and preseason by the Vikings #1 WR core and the other 3rd and 4th String WR’s from the teams the Vikes have played so far. BUST.

  5. Just now I’m just hoping Edwards isn’t also “on the right track” to top the Brad Childress “kick ass offense” as the stupidest statement ever made by my favorite franchise.

    Waynes was terrible in the HOF game, and if he lasts the season, then at least Minnesota will have plenty of ice to put on those burns.

  6. It takes couple years to be a shut down corner. Look at Revis Island, Dion, etc. for example. They did not become shut down corners their first year. People who criticized him are just plain jealous. Zimmer knows it, and we all trust him, period.

  7. I have both games recorded and Trae was much better his second game, cutting his mistakes in half.
    He is a Rookie playing his 2nd pre season NFL game.
    But the regular Trolls will be here saying the same things, time and time again. The same droll posts,
    no original thoughts, or spark of IQ, just like they were in grade school.
    Most of his plays he covered his player like a blanket.
    He will be fine!

  8. big time packer stock holder chiming in once again! look at the bright side, at least your GM isn’t sifting through the NBA waiver wire!

  9. fwippel says:Aug 20, 2015 1:53 PM

    Zimmer put Xavier Rhodes through the same process last year, and by year’s end Rhodes was a top-5 CB. My guess is Zimmer will do the same thing for Waynes.
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    BAHAHA YEA RHODES A TOP 5 CB… ON THE VIKINGS

  10. bsanders4518 says:Aug 20, 2015 2:07 PM

    POT ROAST CENTRAL WITH EXTRA GRAVY!

    LETS GO LIONS!
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    Thats cute…….A lions fan thats talking smack…..Youre only allowed to talk when you win a playoff game or at the very least win in GB…20+ years!!

  11. CB is a harder transition than QB in the NFL. CB’s like Revis, Sherman, etc., didn’t show up their rookie years and play lights out. It takes about 3 years to get there. Look at Xavier Rhodes in Minnesota… going into his 4th season, he looks like a top 5 corner, when 2 years ago he was getting beat like Waynes is now.

  12. I’m not worried about Waynes World. Xavier Rhodes was very grabby his rookie year and didn’t look like much. Last year he was a shutdown corner. Just ask Jordy Nelson.

    Waynes certainly isn’t bust-proof, as there have been plenty of higher drafted corners who have been busts, such as Morris Claiborne and Justin Gilbert. I do trust Zimmer, though. Zimmer identified Waynes as a guy with the skills he likes, now he just has to be given the time to coach him up. He may not turn out as good as Rhodes, but he’ll be a’ight.

  13. lambeaudungbarn says:
    Aug 20, 2015 2:24 PM
    I heard the new Cheese head hats ere going to be in the shape of a cone this year! Better get yours before they sell out.
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    Conehead cheeseheads. Already done.

  14. Top 5 cornerback is a little aggressive for Rhodes right now. He’s only played two years and he has to improve on his interceptions. He is a guy who can shut down the other team’s #1 receiver, though, and by the end of the year he should be talked about as top 10.

  15. look at the bright side, at least your GM isn’t sifting through the NBA waiver wire
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    Google hIm and you will find out that the NBA player looks outstanding…..even in games. In other words…..the exact opposite of Waynes

  16. Total bust, just like Bridgewater. The Vikings just wasted their past 2 first round pick, actually 3 cuz they had 2 in the first round and Barr sucks too.

  17. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Aug 20, 2015 2:57 PM

    Top 5 cornerback is a little aggressive for Rhodes right now. He’s only played two years and he has to improve on his interceptions. He is a guy who can shut down the other team’s #1 receiver, though, and by the end of the year he should be talked about as top 10.

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    He has to work on not getting run over as well. Google Eddie Lacy trucks Xavier Rhodes and you’ll see what I mean.

  18. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Aug 20, 2015 2:44 PM

    I’m not worried about Waynes World. Xavier Rhodes was very grabby his rookie year and didn’t look like much. Last year he was a shutdown corner. Just ask Jordy Nelson.
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    Jordy had 9 catches in the two games against the Vikings for 134 yards, including a 66 yard touchdown.

    Below average numbers, not “shut down.” And when you consider Rodgers only threw 17 passes in the first game (because Christian Ponder was playing QB, so the game was over by halftime), and the Packers running game averaging over 5 yards per carry in the two games (Eddie Lacy averaging 6.6 YPC), you expect below average numbers from the passing game.

    Try again.

  19. How can he be “right on course” if they are taking away half of what they asked him to do? Sounds more like he was off course and they are desperately trying to correct course.

  20. Right on course for a Minnesota Viking, that is…..

    Most other coaches and GMs would expect more from this guy after being drafted in the top half of round 1 and the first db off the board.

  21. jcbadger34 says:
    Aug 20, 2015 4:02 PM

    Jordy had 9 catches in the two games against the Vikings for 134 yards, including a 66 yard touchdown.
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    Rhodes wasn’t covering him on the TD; he released him to the safety on a cover 2. That was the only pass Nelson caught in that game.

    In the second game, Nelson had 8 catches for 68 yards and no TDs. That’s a sweet 8.5 yards per reception. As I recall, most of those were not against Rhodes. He didn’t start moving around to cover one guy exclusively until later in the season.

  22. From national football post:

    Rhodes produced a four-game stretch last season, in which he was matched up against the likes of Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, and Jordy Nelson, where he was arguably playing like the best cornerback in the NFL. Over that period he was thrown at 22 times, allowed only seven receptions for 54 yards, while notching seven pass breakups and one interception. Quarterbacks targeting Rhodes over that time had a passer rating of just 22.2.

  23. Jordy had 9 catches in the two games against the Vikings for 134 yards, including a 66 yard touchdown.
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    Don’t forget he also forgot to say “GOT IT” during the NFCCG on side kick debacle!!!! eye yi eye!!!

  24. You guys and your “4 game stretches,” last I checked the season was 16 games long; longer for the good teams.

  25. deltaoracle says:
    Aug 20, 2015 4:15 PM
    Should turn out to be pretty good. He’s a Wisconsin kid, after all.

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    And, proving he’s one of the few from Wisconsin that has more than 4 functioning brain cells, he made sure he told the world he was never a Packer fan.

  26. rlpftt says:
    Aug 20, 2015 3:15 PM

    Total bust, just like Bridgewater. The Vikings just wasted their past 2 first round pick, actually 3 cuz they had 2 in the first round and Barr sucks too.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    I’d never trade the last 3 years Draft picks for yours!

  27. jcbadger34 says:

    Jordy had 9 catches in the two games against the Vikings for 134 yards, including a 66 yard touchdown.

    Below average numbers, not “shut down.” And when you consider Rodgers only threw 17 passes in the first game (because Christian Ponder was playing QB, so the game was over by halftime), and the Packers running game averaging over 5 yards per carry in the two games (Eddie Lacy averaging 6.6 YPC), you expect below average numbers from the passing game.

    Try again.

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    Actually, Jordy Nelson’s 66 yard touchdown route was originally covered by Captain Munnerlyn, and he released after 5 or 10 yards to Harrison Smith. Rhodes was on the opposite side of the field. So, even if Rhodes covered Nelson on every other reception he made vs the Vikings, that’s only 8 catches for 68 yards in 1.5 games. Pretty impressive from the team’s #1 WR and one of the NFL’s best QB’s.

  28. He could end up being average and he’s still the best CB the Vikings will have.

    Relax, its not like the Vikings are going anywhere this year so he’ll have plenty of time

  29. rlpftt says:
    Aug 20, 2015 3:15 PM
    Total bust, just like Bridgewater. The Vikings just wasted their past 2 first round pick, actually 3 cuz they had 2 in the first round and Barr sucks too.

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    You have about the same intelligence as my 8 year old daughter. So I’ll teach you something I teach her – If you tell lies, then no one can trust anything you say.

    Every expert and analyst is in agreement that both Bridgewater and Barr were awesome in their first year. No one with knowledge or intelligence disagrees with them. So now your opinion is void. Go to your room.

  30. ariani1985 says:
    Aug 20, 2015 2:22 PM
    big time packer stock holder chiming in once again! look at the bright side, at least your GM isn’t sifting through the NBA waiver wire!

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    The best part is those “NBA” players are playing better than Waynes.

  31. Basketball players are superior athletes to football players. When I learned Quinten Rollins led his basketball league in steals, I knew he must have excellent lateral movement skills.

    He is demonstrating his abilities in training camp and could easily be starting on Opening Day. When this takes place, watch for other teams to be looking in the ranks of basketball teams for great athletes.

  32. jcbadger34 says:
    Aug 20, 2015 4:02 PM
    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Aug 20, 2015 2:44 PM

    I’m not worried about Waynes World. Xavier Rhodes was very grabby his rookie year and didn’t look like much. Last year he was a shutdown corner. Just ask Jordy Nelson.
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    Jordy had 9 catches in the two games against the Vikings for 134 yards, including a 66 yard touchdown.

    Below average numbers, not “shut down.” And when you consider Rodgers only threw 17 passes in the first game (because Christian Ponder was playing QB, so the game was over by halftime), and the Packers running game averaging over 5 yards per carry in the two games (Eddie Lacy averaging 6.6 YPC), you expect below average numbers from the passing game.

    Try again.
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    Did you just seriously cherry pick 2 games out of 32 to try and explain why Rhodes wasn’t good? And, did your example seriously include your number one receiver averaging 4.5 catches for 67 yards a game? THAT’S the best example you have? That’s awesome, because I’ll take that kind of “crappy” play on defense every game.

  33. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Aug 20, 2015 4:12 PM
    How can he be “right on course” if they are taking away half of what they asked him to do? Sounds more like he was off course and they are desperately trying to correct course.
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    Seriously? Because he’s only playing one position? I actually love reading you Packer fans comments, because they keep getting weaker and weaker as the regular season approaches.

  34. You don’t have to take our word for it. This is from a professional scout. Your guy was taken #11….overall. He shouldn’t be a “project.”

    “Trae Waynes shows physicality, but he is terribly underwhelming in the department of change of direction and short area quickness. Not being able to flip your hips and snap right back onto the opposing receiver is the kiss of death for cornerbacks, especially against much more refined NFL route runners who will force you to be quicker than they are. Waynes is still a respectable prospect, but he will be drafted far too early because of his size (6’0″, 186 pounds) and speed (4.31 seconds), a la Gilbert.”

  35. stellarperformance says:
    Aug 21, 2015 4:40 PM
    You don’t have to take our word for it. This is from a professional scout. Your guy was taken #11….overall. He shouldn’t be a “project.”

    “Trae Waynes shows physicality, but he is terribly underwhelming in the department of change of direction and short area quickness. Not being able to flip your hips and snap right back onto the opposing receiver is the kiss of death for cornerbacks, especially against much more refined NFL route runners who will force you to be quicker than they are. Waynes is still a respectable prospect, but he will be drafted far too early because of his size (6’0″, 186 pounds) and speed (4.31 seconds), a la Gilbert.”

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    Would that be the same pro scout that said it’s imperative to spend a 1st round pick on, Datone Jones, Nick Perry, Derek Sherrod, BJ Raji, Justin Harrell, Ahmad Carroll, Nick Barnett, Javon Walker, Jamal Reynolds, Bubba Franks, Antuan Edwards, Vonnie Holliday, etc., etc.? My point is pro scouts are sometime right and sometimes wrong. Hopefully, they’re right a few more times than they’re wrong. Nobody, and I really mean NOBODY knows how Waynes will turn out as a pro. He may be a bust, average, good or a future HOFer. The same goes for everybody coming into the NFL. If you look at the scouting reports on every HOFer in the modern era, I’m sure you’ll find some very negative reports were given by some pro scouts. Every bust that was ever taken in the first couple rounds of the draft had some very positive pro scouting reports. But, thank you for taking the time to dig through all of the pro scouting reports on Waynes to find a negative one to post.

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