Vikings: With S Andrew Sendejo out, Robert Blanton likely in
By Chris Tomasson
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said last month that strong safety Robert Blanton tries to make big plays too often. Blanton, though, doesn't consider that an issue.
"I don't think it's a concern, no," Blanton said Friday.
Regardless, Blanton figures to be back in the starting lineup Sunday at Denver. The Vikings on Friday ruled Andrew Sendejo out because of a left knee injury suffered last Sunday against San Diego.
Blanton started all 16 games last season and all five exhibition games this year but lost his job to Sendejo before the regular-season opener Sept. 14 at San Francisco.
"I just go out there and do my job," Blanton said.
Zimmer hasn't announced who will start at strong safety against the Broncos but was asked what Blanton will need to do if he plays.
"Just do what we ask him to do, pretty simple,' Zimmer said.
Blanton didn't play a single defensive snap Sept. 20 against Detroit before getting in for 23 plays against the Chargers after Sendejo was hurt. Zimmer said Blanton "was more consistent last week."
Zimmer, Edwards, one or the other or both - clearly mad at Blanton for what he said in response to Zimmer saying "he tries to make big plays too often." Zero snaps against Detroit is all you need to know.
Who was in FA at S, I gotta check that. Feel like they could have allocated more money to there. They signed Taylor Mays (
) and then released him. I don't care about him (he was picked up by the Raiders off the street, they started him right away, he was pulled at halftime of his first game
) but at least getting anybody who is league average-to-decent to put opposite Harrison Smith would bring some stabilization to that spot. It's literally been Blanton-Sendejo-Blanton-Sendejo since August non-stop. Thank god for the pass rush. Had we played htese two QBs back-to-back, two of the most tenured under center in all of football and have total control of their offense, we'd still let up big plays.
Pass rush was so good against S.D. that Philip Rivers had like three seconds, consistently. Without that, against QBs that can deviate to leverage another team's weak link in the secondary - those who have that trust from a coach - will eventually strike big. That's where even a decent safety would help. Sendejo's had good and bad (embodiment of spearing, it's embarrassing how bad it is by the way). Blanton's the same, he's had good and bad appearances so far through three games.