3. Who are the most underrated Vikings through the first nine games?Barr, Bridgewater and Griffen have received the bulk of attention when it comes to individual acclaim so far this season. But there are many more Vikings who've played well through the first nine games. Here are three who've played particularly well while remaining under the radar:
CB Josh Robinson: Now playing primarily outside CB in Zimmer's defense, Robinson looks much more comfortable on the field than he did a year ago playing in the slot. He is second on the team with seven pass breakups and also has two interceptions.
DT Sharrif Floyd:An underclassmen who entered the draft, was selected in the first round and played in the trenches as a rookie, Floyd caught his fair share of criticism last year and the pressure was on for him to have a bounce back sophomore season. Floyd has certainly answered the bell. His athleticism and technique allows him to be a disruptive force on a weekly basis, and through nine games he has 6.0 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.
TE Rhett Ellison:The kind of guy every team needs, Ellison is a jack of all trades and master of none who is an integral part of everything the Vikings offense does and he's also a core member of the special teams group. He's a reliable blocker in the running game, he can pass protect as an in-line blocker or in the backfield, he has the athleticism and hands to be an effective target in the passing game and Priefer can use him in multiple phases of special teams.