3 key takeaways from the Vikings final 53-man roster for 2022
By Luke Parrish
There will be more moves before the regular season starts
So many talented veterans were cut along with the Vikings’ moves, which offers the chance to improve that depth that is so concerning. Minnesota has no reason to rush anything, but they should be in the mix to add depth to the roster wherever possible.
The idea of another big move or two was made apparent by the cut-day trades that the Vikings were involved in. First, they traded with the Houston Texans to bring in defensive lineman Ross Blacklock, a former top-50 draft pick. Blacklock takes the spot of Armon Watts on the 53-man roster in a move that saves quite a bit of money.
Minnesota also traded offensive lineman Jesse Davis to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday for a conditional draft pick which keeps them from paying any of his salary and guarantees after signing him as a free agent this offseason. Those two moves cleared up cap space and rumors are circulating once again about a Ndamukong Suh arrival.
Adding a better backup tight end as insurance to Irv Smith Jr. would be near the top of my priority list, as would another receiver if Jalen Nailor does not cut it as the WR5. With no Alexander Mattison trade yet to take shape, that is something to monitor over the next few days.
I would also prefer some aggressive approaches to fixing the defense. The Vikings desperately need depth along the front seven and could use another cornerback, although that is less pressing than other spots on the roster.
Let’s remember that the defense has been a dumpster fire for a couple of years now. One offseason of minor changes and rookie additions is not going to turn them into an elite unit. Going out and getting help in all areas of the defense can take this team to a new level, a level that could get them deep into the playoffs.
If an injury pops up on the defense, the Vikings could be in serious trouble.