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Without Winfield, the Vikings are counting on young cornerbacks to grow -- and step -- up

The Minnesota Vikings are counting on some savvy, productive performances by their unseasoned cornerbacks.

Missing this year is stalwart veteran Antoine Winfield, who was let go and is now with Seattle. Not only will the group be without his leadership, but his steady play and sure tackling will be hard to replace.

The guys in charge of this critical position start with Chris Cook, Josh Robinson and rookie Xavier Rhodes. Combined, this trio has played in 38 regular season games and totaled just two interceptions, both by Robinson last year. A.J. Jefferson is the only other player in the mix for playing time with significant experience in the secondary.