The Andrew Booth Jr Hype is Starting to Build

Oct 30, 2021; Clemson, South Carolina, USA; Clemson Tigers cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports.

Folks, don’t let one great practice rep fool you: Andrew Booth Jr. still has a long way to go when it comes to solidifying himself in the NFL. Even still, it’s encouraging to see him make a great play against Kirk Cousins and Justin Jefferson.

Take a look at the interception that’s getting the hype:

A great play from the Vikings’ second-round corner. It’s also good to see that he’s embracing competition:

Apparently, Andrew Booth Jr. also clarified that he’s feeling healthy: “It felt great, just finally being back on the field and seeing real speed offense. It was beautiful to be back out there.” Patrick Peterson had some praise for the rookie: “He looked pretty good. He moved around really well. It looks like he’s healthy so we’ll see if he can continue to build on that. I like how instinctive he is. He’s very quick at the line of scrimmage. He’s going to be problem here pretty soon.”

Minnesota has a mix of young and old among their corners. Peterson – who will one day be in the Hall of Fame – is near the end of his career. Cameron Dantzler is entering his third season but is still only 23. ABJ and Akayleb Evans are rookies. Chandon Sullivan and Nate Hairston are veteran journeymen. Kris Boyd and Harrison Hand are still on their rookie deals. At least three or four corners need to emerge from this group in order for Minnesota to have a strong secondary.

Competing against Justin Jefferson, according to Andrew Booth Jr., will help to prepare the rookie for Week 1: “I’m seeing the best in J.J. every day, so that’s going to get me ready for Game 1. It felt good.” If that’s the case, then fans will see ABJ help to slow down Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense in the season’s opening game.