5 post-camp cut candidates the Vikings should monitor in 2022

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Which potential post-training camp cut candidates should the Minnesota Vikings monitor in 2022?

We are now just a few short weeks away from NFL teams trimming down their rosters ahead of the 2022 season. The Minnesota Vikings have some tough decisions to make in the not-too-distant future, with the new regime looking to make the right calls in pursuit of hitting the ground running when the real action arrives.

Head coach Kevin O’Connell and general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah have fine-tuned their options despite having limited resources before free agency began. There is an abundance of game changers within the locker room, which has led some analysts to pick the Vikings as a dark horse challenger if everything goes well.

One cannot rule out the possibility of further arrivals if they feel someone deemed surplus to requirements elsewhere can help. Something that would ultimately mean a player given a 53-man roster spot initially is sacrificed.

With this in mind, here are five post-training camp cut candidates the Vikings should monitor in 2022.

Cut Candidate No. 1

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Darqueze Dennard – CB

This one has already occurred after the San Francisco 49ers included cornerback Darqueze Dennard among their first cuts on Monday. The slot specialist was one of the league’s best once upon a time, but things haven’t gone according to plan since leaving the Cincinnati Bengals and he’s now aiming to start from scratch once again.

The Vikings look to have their starting cornerback trio of Patrick Peterson, Cameron Dantzler, and rookie Andrew Booth Jr. locked up. But if they’re looking for a ready-made replacement for Mackensie Alexander as a slot option, those in power could do far worse than examine Dennard’s capabilities.