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Mike Hughes and Holton Hill started at cornerback last week for the Vikings and were exposed without a significant pass rush. Rodgers attempted a Week 1-high 10 deep passes. They’ll be targets again Sunday, but safety Harrison Smith said the Vikings are unbowed and unwilling to point fingers.
“Our young guys are going to be really good players, and they are good players,” Smith said, crediting some of the breakdowns to jitters in the opener. “Playing in your first game against one of the best quarterbacks in the league, one of the best receivers in the league, good offense. We’ve definitely got to get better, but I like the guys we’ve got.”
Rivers gave Jacksonville’s young cornerbacks multiple chances to make plays last week, and the Jaguars came away with two picks.
Rivers has 13 interceptions in his past eight games, dating to the 2019 season with the Los Angeles Chargers. He said he’s not thinking about turnovers.
“It is part of life in the NFL. You hope there’s just not very many,” Rivers said. “There’s been more than I would have liked the past handful of years, but overall, it’s not been an issue in my career.”
The Vikings last faced Rivers in a regular-season game in 2015. They’ve never seen Taylor, who had six receptions for 67 yards and nine carries for 22 yards in Week 1.
In three seasons at Wisconsin, Taylor eclipsed 2,000 rushing yards twice and finished his Badgers career with 6,174 running yards and 50 touchdowns on the ground. The Colts selected him with the No. 41 overall pick in the draft in April.