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

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Kyle Hinton – OG

The revolving door at both guard spots is slowly coming to an end. Ezra Cleveland has locked up the left side while it appears that a strong battle will take place on the right side between Ed Ingram and Jesse Davis.

Through this point in camp, Kyle Hinton has taken reps with the second-team offense ahead of last year’s third-round pick, Wyatt Davis. That would indicate a dramatic shift in Davis’ expectations and a new candidate to be the young guard in waiting.

Kyle Hinton made the practice squad as a rookie out of Division II program Washburn and earned a spot on the gameday roster for the season finale but was inactive. If all goes well, Hinton will become an active player each week for the Vikings in 2022.

Expecting much out of a second-year player from a small school would be overreaching the bounds a little bit. There should be no reason to rely on Hinton or assume he will step in nicely if he is forced into early action but we could easily see him on the field goal unit and as the backup guard.

This would also spell the end of Wyatt Davis’ tenure with the team, which will be discussed more at a later date.