4 big plans that could go wrong for the Vikings in 2022

(Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports) Danielle Hunter
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Banking on Danielle Hunter’s health

One of the main reasons why the Vikings regressed on defense in 2021 was the unavailability of Danielle Hunter. The stud edge rusher turned out just seven times due to various injury concerns, which is becoming an ongoing trend after a phenomenal start to life with the organization.

Hunter remains one of the league’s most prolific pass-rushers at the peak of his powers. It’s keeping the LSU product fresh that’s quickly become Minnesota’s biggest concern and something they have to get right next season.

Moving Hunter to a 3-4 outside linebacker opposite Za’Darius Smith could provide the Vikings with a formidable edge tandem if both remain healthy for a consistent spell of games. That’s no guarantee, so forming a plan that keeps both on the field is of paramount importance before Week 1.

The upcoming campaign will likely have significant ramifications on Hunter’s future with the Vikings. If he stays free of complications and the numbers follow, then there’s every chance he’ll be a focal point to any success that comes their way in the coming years.

However, if their big plan for Hunter goes wrong, then a scenario could emerge where the former third-round selection is moved on following the campaign.