Minnesota’s rookies could make a big impact
We’ve already mentioned Andrew Booth Jr., Lewis Cine, and Ed Igram as rookies that could make a difference for the Vikings this season, but there are some other first-year players that could also play important roles for the team in 2022.
During Minnesota’s first preseason game of the year last weekend, rookie running back Ty Chandler looked very impressive, both in the backfield and as a kick returner. It wouldn’t be shocking if Chandler stole some snaps away from Alexander Mattison at some point this season.
The Vikings already seem to like what they’ve seen so far from rookie linebacker Brian Asamoah this summer. It’s definitely possible that Minnesota could find a few ways to get Asamoah some defensive snaps this season.
Rookie receiver Jalen Nailor could probably earn significant snaps for multiple teams around the NFL this year. But he just happened to end up on a Vikings team with Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, and K.J. Osborn at the top of the wide receiver depth chart.
Still, Minnesota’s new coaching staff seems like they could find a few plays each week this season to take advantage of Nailor’s impressive speed.
In his first year as the Vikings’ general manager, it feels like Kwesi Adofo-Mensah was able to add a number of guys in the draft that could make an immediate impact this season.