With temperatures in the 80s and Captain Munnerlyn describing Charlotte as hosting a different kind of heat, the Minnesota Vikings found opportunities for seldom-used players to get some snaps.
Part of that was due to injury, where offensive guard Alex Boone left the game with a hip injury after 19 snaps and Jeremiah Sirles took over for the final 35.
Kyle Rudolph, the game’s leading receiver in a 22-10 Vikings win, was the most active among the non-quarterback skill-position players, getting 52 of the 54 offensive snaps, and Stefon Diggs played in 48 of them.
The timeshare at running back broke down with Jerick McKinnon getting 35 reps and Matt Asiata pulling in 19. Fullback Zach Line was on the field for 16 offensive plays.
Defensively, Andrew Sendejo was the only player on the field for all 77 snaps. Harrison Smith missed only one snap.
But Mike Zimmer found opportunities to get a rotation going at cornerback in the heat. Xavier Rhodes played in 57 snaps in his debut for the 2016 season, and Terence Newman, the other starting cornerback, played in 53 snaps. Trae Waynes saw 39 snaps on defense, and nickel cornerback Munnerlyn was on the field for 50 plays. Rookie Mackensie Alexander played in nine snaps and Marcus Sherels was on defense for four plays.
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