Vikings: Robert Blanton quietly having a solid season

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Vikings: Robert Blanton quietly having a solid season

PFF-headlinesWith Harrison Smith well established at free safety, the Minnesota Vikings had been searching for a solid strong safety to pair with him. Based on his performance so far this season, it looks like Robert Blanton is up to the task.

While Blanton’s +7.5 overall grade ranks 13th out of all safeties, it’s his work against the run that has been the biggest boon for the Vikings, with his +5.5 run grade fifth-best among safeties (behind Smith in first place). Blanton’s 10% Run Stop Percentage while lining up within 8 yards of the line of scrimmage is eighth-best at the position, and with just four missed tackles, Blanton’s 22.5 Tackling Efficiency is fifth-best. While he’s at his best against the run, Blanton has also held his own in coverage with an average +0.8 coverage grade. He has allowed 13 completions for 226 yards and one touchdown, with one interception and one batted pass to his credit, conceding a respectable 0.52 Yards per Cover Snap.

Robert Blanton has contributed to the Vikings defensive improvements this year, giving the team a safety pairing they can feel comfortable with moving forward.

  • Mnstorm99

    The vikings secondary has shown great improvement under Zimmer’s direction. Now, if they could just figure out the linebackers.

    • Wyzel

      Greenway needs to go, his coverage skills have diminished greatly in the last couple years. This is the last year of his contract, hopefully hodges can step in, he has looked decent to good in spot duty.

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