4 Vikings players on the chopping block ahead of 2022 camp

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Alexander Mattison – RB

There has been a lot to like about Alexander Mattison’s first three years with the Vikings. The running back has acclimatized well to a backup role and produced some memorable contributions when Dalvin Cook was forced to the sidelines, but there is a growing belief that his position as the team’s No. 2 is under serious threat.

Mattison has to impress a brand new coaching staff this offseason. The presence of second-year-pro Kene Nwangwu and fifth-round selection Ty Chandler breathing down his neck will be something to monitor closely in training camp.

There’s no doubt Mattison is the frontrunner to become Cook’s primary deputy once again. But a scenario where one of the promising young duo rises above him on the depth chart could present itself, too.

The former Boise State standout managed just 3.7 yards-per-carry in 2021. Some subpar run blocking on the offensive line didn’t help, but this alone should give Mattison an increased sense of urgency to improve production in camp and during the campaign.

Mattison has the talent to become a big part of Kevin O’Connell’s plans. Even if it appears as if the gauntlet has been laid down in no uncertain terms this offseason.