Packers notice Winfield
Mark Craig, Star Tribune
Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield was the first name out of the mouths of Packers coach Mike Sherman and quarterback Brett Favre during this week's conference calls with the Twin Cities media.
"Obviously, their cornerback play has really helped them," said Sherman, whose Packers play the Vikings on Sunday at Lambeau Field. "Because of injuries and what not, that wasn't their strong suit last year. But I think Winfield has helped."
Winfield leads the Vikings in interceptions (two) and passes defensed (seven), which is understandable considering his position. What doesn't quite add up, however, is the 5-9, 185-pounder also leads the team in tackles (sixty-eight) and solo tackles (51) and is second in special-teams tackles with 10, only two behind leader Raonall Smith.
Winfield already has 10 more tackles and two more solo tackles than former Vikings cornerback Denard Walker had all of last season.
"Antoine Winfield, he's not a good player; he's close to being a great player," Vikings coach Mike Tice said. ". . . He is a great player. We're really lucky to have him. That's a 'good things come in small packages.' "
Nice to see that Winfield is getting props :cheers: . We are very very lucky to have this guy on the team. He really is the only consistent player on defense, well him and Kevin Williams are the bright spots right now. I feel bad for Winfield in a way because its almost like he has to do sh*t single handidly at times. He's relentluss and never gives up, a hell of a scrapper. Not only is he a tackler but his coverage is terrific. He turns and runs just as good as any active CB in the league. He's the complete package, I'm glad we have him for 6 years.