4 Minnesota Vikings players entering boom or bust seasons in 2022

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Which Minnesota Vikings players are bracing for boom or bust seasons in 2022?

Despite some landmark changes across the Minnesota Vikings this offseason, their targets have remained the same or even increased slightly heading into the 2022 campaign. There is a new lease of life across the organization thanks to the arrival of Kevin O’Connell, whose calm approach and different ideas seem to have gone down extremely well so far.

Transitioning this into the regular season is the next big step for the Vikings. The more momentum they can generate early on, the more belief will emanate throughout the locker room in a bid for postseason football once again.

The roster looks pretty stacked with established starters backed up by some exciting, young individuals on both sides of the football. But as is normally the case where Minnesota is concerned, things are hanging right on the cusp.

With that being said, here are four Vikings players entering boom or bust seasons in 2022.

Player No. 1

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(Wm. Glasheen/Appleton Post-Crescent -USA TODAY NETWORK) Garrett Bradbury /

Garrett Bradbury – C

There remains some doubt as to whether or not Garrett Bradbury will start for the Vikings in 2022 after reports surfaced about the interior offensive lineman struggling in camp. Minnesota worked Chris Reed at the center position as a contingency plan, but it would be a shock if the former first-round selection wasn’t starting in Week 1 at least.

Bradbury hasn’t met the targets expected coming out of North Carolina State, leaving his long-term future in doubt after the Vikings didn’t pick up his fifth-year option. Almost every other offensive line position looks solid, so the coaching staff will not want this particular individual holding them back.

Perhaps an added sense of urgency might be all Bradbury needs. But the jury is still out in no uncertain terms.