4 Vikings players on the roster bubble ahead of OTAs
By Dean Jones
Troy Dye – LB
Giving up on Troy Dye after just one season might seem a little harsh. However, there is no margin for error where the Vikings are concerned in 2021 and he simply didn’t do enough on the field last year to convince anybody he can become a productive starter unless some substantial adjustments are made moving forward.
Dye’s time on the field during his rookie campaign was nothing short of a disaster. He looked well off the pace on a defense that really struggled to meet the usual targets demanded by Mike Zimmer for various reasons. But the head coach was not prepared to sit around and wait for things to turn around on their own.
This year, Minnesota will be getting Anthony Barr back to full health, they signed Nick Vigil in free agency, and they also drafted Chazz Surratt to provide much-needed depth at the second level in the event that All-Pro Eric Kendricks is forced to miss games once again next season.
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Things look bleak for Dye, whose production last year gained an unwanted 28.8 grade from Pro Football Focus. This was among the league’s worst players at any position and unless things don’t turn around for the 2020 fourth-round pick out of Oregon, his stay in Minnesota might be an extremely short one.