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Josh Robinson had role expanded to give Antoine Winfield rest

The Minnesota Vikings started Josh Robinson at cornerback against the Tennessee Titans to give Antoine Winfield a rest, and the two will rotate in the lineup moving forward.

Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The Minnesota Vikings started rookie cornberback Josh Robinson over Antoine Winfield against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday and are going to continue to rotate the two players at the left cornerback position moving forward. The Vikings are increasing Robinson's role in the hopes that he can become Winfield's eventual successor and to give the 14-year veteran more rest. Head coach Leslie Frazier said, "part of what we're doing is just trying to take some snaps off of Antoine along with developing Josh."

Winfield made his first interception of the season on Sunday against the Titans, making him and Robinson the only Vikings to have recorded interceptions thus far this season. As the Vikings frequently play in a nickel defense, Winfield and Robinson are often on the field at the same time along with CB Chris Cook; in these situations Winfield typically covers the slot. Minnesota selected Robinson in the third-round of the 2012 NFL draft out of Central Florida.

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