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Lunchbreak: Newman, Rhodes Among NFC North's Top Corners in 2016

A pair of Vikings cornerbacks received solid marks from Pro Football Focus for their play in 2016.

The website recently tweeted out which cornerbacks in the NFC North had the fewest yards allowed per coverage snap. Terence Newman took the top spot, and Xavier Rhodes grabbed third.

According to Pro Football Focus, Newman allowed 0.57 yards per coverage snap while Rhodes finished at 0.94 yards allowed per snap.

 The duo helped the Vikings form one of the league's best defenses. Minnesota's unit ranked third in yards allowed per game (314.9) and sixth in points allowed per game (19.2).

Newman, who is now entering his 15th professional season, had 45 tackles (according to coaches' tally) with three tackles for loss, an interception and a forced fumble in 2016.

Rhodes made his first Pro Bowl last season after he recorded a team-high five interceptions with 54 total tackles, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble.

The duo tied for second on the Vikings with 14 passes defended behind Trae Waynes, who had 16.

ESPN: Murray is Vikings best offseason acquisition

The Vikings added pieces all across their roster this offseason, bulking up their offensive line while also bringing in a handful of defensive linemen.

But Ben Goessling of ESPN.com recently wrote that Minnesota's best move was signing running back Latavius Murray in free agency.

Goessling said the Murray's versatility should make him a valuable weapon for the Vikings.

*The Vikings needed a running back they could trust to carry the ball, catch it out of the backfield and protect Sam Bradford. And they wanted one who wouldn't break the bank after years of Adrian Peterson's being the highest-paid back in the league. Murray doesn't have Peterson's dynamism, but he's a versatile fit for the Vikings' offense and it was a low-risk bet for the team. *

Murray has 543 career carries for 2,285 yards with 20 touchdowns. The 27-year-old made the Pro Bowl in 2014 after rushing for 1,066 yards.

Murray set a career high with 12 rushing touchdowns this past season.

The Vikings also drafted running back Dalvin Cook in the second round. Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota's leading rusher in 2016, is also back in Purple.

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