Vikings Snap Counts: Hughes can’t contain Cooper in 4th career start
If nothing else, that should serve as a valuable learning experience for Mike Hughes.
It was just the fourth start of Hughes’ career. A first-round pick in 2018, the former Central Florida standout appeared in just six games as a rookie before suffering a torn ACL.
He played on a season-high 92% of the defense’s snaps Sunday. Hughes has logged a larger percentage just once in his career, during Week 5 last season.
Hughes matched up frequently with Cowboys star Amari Cooper, who went off for 147 yards and a touchdown on 11 catches. Randall Cobb also topped 100 yards, finishing with 106 receiving yards and a touchdown, while Michael Gallup had 76 receiving yards and a score.
However, Hughes made a few impressive plays. He delivered a huge hit on first down early in the second quarter to knock the ball away from Cobb, then dropped a near-interception on a throw to Cooper just two plays later.
Other notes from Sunday’s snap counts:
— Right guard Josh Kline played just 38 snaps (50%) before exiting with a concussion.
— Defensive end Everson Griffen played a season-high 97% of the defense’s snaps.