3 best rookie performances for the Vikings in the 2022 preseason opener

(Photo by Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports) Ty Chandler
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The first preseason exhibition of 2022 is out of the way for the Minnesota Vikings. Which Vikings rookies stood out the most?

After a long wait, the Minnesota Vikings returned to action with their preseason opener in Las Vegas on Sunday afternoon. The scrimmage gave players on the fringes of the roster a chance to prove themselves and a handful of rookies made the most of their first opportunity.

Minnesota has important decisions to make within the final roster which was evident with the handling of the squad in this matchup. The quarterbacks alternated throughout the afternoon to get a glimpse of each guy in different situations, which wound up giving Kellen Mond a bit of a nod heading into Week 2.

With certain veterans sitting out, the rest of the 90-man roster had a chance to put on a show for the Vikings or any other teams looking to fill out their final roster and practice squads.

For the Vikings specifically, there were a few things to keep tabs on in the loss to the Raiders. First, I wanted to get an idea of how the rookies adjusted to NFL action for the first time. Part of that was also to see how the defense might look in the first season under a new coaching staff.

The rookies looked great from the jump and that should make the next two weeks even more exciting for fans. There is a strong group of young talent in the building that can overcome some of the shortcomings that this team has dealt with over the years.

That said, which of the rookies stood out in their debut with the Vikings this preseason?