If we’re talking about sleepers to snatch a starting job in camp, Kris Boyd’s name should come up. Boyd’s rookie season was more of a project as he allowed 1.70 yards per coverage snap and spent the majority of 2019 on special teams. But once again, experience could be a key advantage in plenty of training camp battles this summer. If Boyd has improved, he has a decent chance to play on the outside to start the season.
In a perfect world, the Vikings would love to see Cameron Dantzler pick up the playbook and start from Day 1. In reality, however, he might need time to develop. At 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, Dantzler is long, but he might need to add muscle. Plus, there are questions about his athleticism after running a 4.6-second time in the 40-yard dash at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine. His speed looks much better on tape, however, and if he can grasp the playbook quickly, he should eventually push for a starting spot.
The fifth-round pick out of Temple is an unknown as we don’t know if he’ll stick at corner or eventually become a safety.
The one thing we do know is that he likes to hit and he could be this year’s version of Boyd — a player that sticks on special teams and eventually works his way up the depth chart. If Hand can hold off talented UDFA Neville Clarke, he could land that apprenticeship role.