Minnesota Vikings: 5 surprise cut candidates ahead of 2022 season

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There are always surprise cuts on NFL rosters every season. Who will shock fans by being cut by the Minnesota Vikings in 2022?

When putting together an NFL roster, teams like the Minnesota Vikings often are put in tough situations where they have to let go of an exceptionally talented player that everyone expected would land on the 53-man roster.

Some of these surprises in recent history include Brian Robison and Ameer Abdullah. Still, any player could see themselves on the outside looking in based on any number of situations and scenarios surrounding the roster.

This year will be harder to predict what the purple and gold will do with their roster. A new-look offense and a new defensive scheme mean some players who would have been a lock for the 53 under the former staff may not have a role under the new head coach and general manager.

Let’s take a look at five players who are very talented but might be released before the start of the season despite being someone fans either really like or have been a contributor in previous seasons for the Minnesota Vikings.