3 Vikings Veterans on the Roster Bubble in Training Camp
The Minnesota Vikings have their eyes set on getting back to the top of the NFC North division after falling short in each of the last four seasons. A majority of the roster is back for another go, including a couple of 2021 Pro Bowlers in running back Dalvin Cook and wide receiver Justin Jefferson.
Training camp is where the rest of the depth chart comes together. Rookies are looking to make an immediate impact and veterans are simply trying to keep their jobs. With that being said, let's take a look at three Vikings veterans on the roster bubble with the regular season just over a month away.
Minnesota Vikings Training Camp
1. Wyatt Davis (OL)
The Vikings front office had high hopes when they drafted offensive lineman Wyatt Davis in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft. A lot of fans thought he had a shot to grab a starting spot, too. Of course, that didn't happen. Davis appeared in only six games last season and all of his snaps came on the special teams unit. Reports claim Davis continues to work with the third team in training camp and is not turning heads. With a new regime taking over, it would be easy to start fresh and cut Davis loose now. Someone like Kyle Hinton or Chris Reed could overtake Davis' role.
2. Bisi Johnson (WR)
It's tough to know what the Vikings coaching staff expects to see out ofwide receiver Bisi Johnson. The 25-year-old missed the entirety of the 2021 season after tearing his ACL in training camp last year. He is back and fully healthy, but joins a crowded WR group. Jefferson, Adam Thielen and K.J. Osborn are locked into the starting spots. Fifth-round pick Ihmir Smith-Marsette and sixth-round pick Jalen Nailor have the potential to outperform expectations, too. Minnesota also added Albert Wilson in free agency and early reports suggest he could make the team as a deep threat. Johnson has racked up only 483 yards on 45 receptions across 32 career games.
3. Kris Boyd (CB)
Kris Boyd found himself on the roster bubble during training camp in 2021 and finds himself right back in that same spot one year later. The fourth-year cornerback saw his defensive snap percentage drop from 51% in 2020 to 15% in 2021 as his role mainly came on special teams. Not only that, but Boyd also allowed at least a 70% completion percentage in pass coverage for the second straight season. Minnesota drafted cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. in the second round back in April, re-signed veteran Patrick Peterson and brought in Chandon Sullivan in free agency. All signs point to Boyd being the odd man out at the CB position.
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