A Former Vikings CB Will Get a Chance with an NFC Rival in Week 12

Former Vikings CB Is Back on the Free Agency Market
Oct 9, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Cameron Dantzler Sr. (3) comes off the field after the game against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a very strange eight months for former Vikings CB Cameron Dantzler.

The once-promising defender has bounced all over the league since the offseason, landing on various rosters throughout the spring and summer before finally finding a landing spot on the Saints practice squad. Now, he is finally going to get a chance to prove himself as the Saints signed him to their active roster ahead of Week 12.

A Former Vikings CB Will Get a Chance with an NFC Rival

Former Vikings CB
Oct 9, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery (32) and Minnesota Vikings cornerback Cameron Dantzler Sr. (3) in action during the game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported the move by the Saints, tweeting, “With Michael Thomas out at least four games, the #Saints are signing WR Marquez Callaway to the practice squad. CB Cameron Dantzler is being promoted from the practice squad to the active roster.”

When Minnesota made the decision to part ways with Dantzler this spring, it came as a massive surprise to many.

Dantzler, a third-round pick in 2020 by the Vikings, burst onto the scene in his rookie year by being a player forced to step up into a major role after Minnesota suffered a number of injuries in their secondary. He started 10 games and appeared in 11 for the Vikings during 2020, recording 46 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 4 pass defenses, 2 interceptions, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.

Cameron Dantzler
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Cameron Dantzler (27) is shown during a timeout during an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

2021 was a down-year for the CB, and it seemed that he butted heads a little bit with head coach Mike Zimmer during the season. He started only seven games during that season, recording 53 tackles, 8 pass defenses, and a forced fumble.

Following Zimmer’s departure, Dantzler was poised to return to the starting lineup in 2022, and he did just that early in the season, but an ankle injury suffered against the Commanders landed him on injured reserve in the middle of the season.

He missed four games due to this injury, and in his first start back from IR, he gave up two touchdowns in Minnesota’s loss to the Detroit Lions. After that, Dantzler didn’t start again for the Vikings, opening up the possibility that he could be off the roster following the season’s end.

Former Vikings CB Cam Dantzler
Sep 11, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Cameron Dantzler Sr. (3) reacts late during the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Since then, the cornerback has spent time with the Washington Commanders, Buffalo Bills, and Houston Texans before signing with the Saints practice squad in October. He has been elevated for two games, appearing in nine special teams snaps.

New Orleans boasts one of the better CB rooms in the NFL with both Paulson Adebo and Alontae Taylor playing some lights out football this season. However, Marshon Lattimore’s high ankle sprain opens up an opportunity for Dantzler to get his first defensive snaps of the season.

The Saints are set to take on the Atlanta Falcons at 12 PM Central on Sunday in a big divisional game that could help determine the final outcome in the NFC South.

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho and managing editor of PurplePTSD.com. When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys running, gaming, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. Check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.

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