6 players the Vikings should cut bait with before the 2022 season

(Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) Kris Boyd
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Kris Boyd – CB

Credit to Kris Boyd, he’s managed to stick around and appear in 41 games for the Vikings despite being selected in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Seventh-round picks generally don’t have a high chance of lasting long in the league, but Boyd has found a way to keep a job with Minnesota since they drafted him.

With that being said, he hasn’t performed very well out on the field when he’s had opportunities to get snaps with the Vikings’ defense.

He showed some promise as a rookie in 2019, but during the last two seasons, he had an allowed completion rate of 77.4 percent, and opposing quarterbacks had a passer rating of more than 120.0 when targeting receivers that were being covered by Boyd.

This offseason, Minnesota signed three free-agent cornerbacks (Patrick Peterson, Chandon Sullivan, and Nate Hairston), and they selected two corners in the 2022 NFL Draft (Andrew Booth Jr. and Akayleb Evans.

Boyd’s best bet for 2022 is to be the fifth cornerback on the Vikings’ depth chart. But if he’s going to be that low on the depth chart, Minnesota might as well move on from him and give his spot to a younger corner who still has a chance of developing into something useful.