4 Vikings that can play themselves onto the roster in the 2022 preseason

(Photo by Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports) Nate Hairston
(Photo by Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports) Nate Hairston /
2 of 5
Minnesota Vikings
Trishton Jackson – Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports /

Trishton Jackson – WR

Minnesota has gotten some excellent value from its receivers over the years. Last year, K.J. Osborn broke out in a big way which propelled him to a monstrous sophomore season. He looks to do the same this season after another strong start to camp but the Vikings have other wide receivers hoping for a similar rise.

Second-year wideout Trishton Jackson has had a pretty strong training camp up to this point. He initially made the Rams’ 53-man roster as a UDFA in 2020 before eventually finding his way to Minnesota’s practice squad.

Jackson has a nice blend of size and speed to be an extra body on the perimeter lower down the depth chart. If he develops as a special teams gunner, there is even more value in Jackson as he sets his sights on another NFL roster.

The Vikings have some names jumbled up throughout the wide receiver depth chart but the majority of guys are best suited to play the slot. Between Bisi Johnson, Myron Mitchell, Ihmir Smith-Marsette, and Jalen Nailor, the team has plenty of options in the middle. They just need to clear up some depth to play the perimeter.

That last spot should ideally come down to Trishton Jackson and Dan Chisena, making that an interesting camp battle watch over the final month.

If Jackson does not make the final roster, he will likely be one of the first players the team tries to add to the practice squad. He spent last season with Minnesota and was signed to a futures contract almost immediately upon the season ending.