5 potential training camp cuts the Vikings could target in 2021

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Tavon Wilson – S (San Francisco 49ers)

There is nothing spectacular about Tavon Wilson. He has carved out a successful career for himself as a primary backup that can come in at a moment’s notice if someone gets hurt, with his prowess as a special teams contributor something else working in his favor.

Wilson will be looking for a similar role with the San Francisco 49ers in 2021 after the Indianapolis Colts decided not to bring him back after one season. The Super Bowl winner has a fight on his hands to achieve this objective within a secondary that should be much improved.

The Vikings brought in Xavier Woods in free agency to compensate for the loss of Anthony Harris. There is also a high amount of intrigue surrounding the prospect of rookie Cameron Bynum ahead of his expected transition from cornerback to the backend.

That being said, if things turn sour with Woods, then someone more experienced could be of use. Wilson fits the bill in no uncertain terms, and if the 49ers don’t end up taking him through onto their roster, he won’t be on the waiver wire for long.

Minnesota’s defensive frailties were a constant source of frustration in 2020. Much more is expected with returning players and impressive new arrivals, but strengthening backup options in certain areas would prevent the same complications from resurfacing during the upcoming campaign.