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

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Oli Udoh – OL

Last season was bad for Oli Udoh, and that might actually be too nice of a way to describe how things went.

Udoh started in 16 games for the Vikings last year, 14 at right guard and two at left tackle. Nothing went right as he drew a total of 16 penalties, allowed 45 pressures, and had the 74th-best pass blocking grade from PFF out of 80 offensive guards.

To be fair, Minnesota’s previous regime didn’t do Udoh any favors as they switched him over to guard after he spent the majority of his football career as an offensive tackle. The idea didn’t work and the Vikings paid for it.

There’s some chatter that Minnesota is moving Udoh back to his original position this year and he’ll get the opportunity to compete for the team’s swing tackle job.

But him returning to his natural position won’t matter. Udoh had 16 opportunities to start last season, and at no point did it feel like he was turning a corner or taking steps forward in his development. There’s no real upside to the Vikings keeping him on the roster for the 2022 campaign.