4 former Vikings players who have thrived elsewhere in 2022

(Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images) Jerick McKinnon
(Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images) Jerick McKinnon /
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Which former Minnesota Vikings players have thrived elsewhere during the 2022 season?

The Minnesota Vikings are doing just enough to maintain a strong playoff seeding heading into their regular-season finale at the Chicago Bears. It’s been a rollercoaster campaign full of nervous moments, but more accomplished situational football has allowed Kevin O’Connell to begin his time as head coach positively, barring the odd blip along the way.

Just how the Vikings will fare when the knockout rounds begin remains to be seen. Getting a home contest should help, but it will be a shock if they manage to make it into the NFC Championship game based on their recent trajectory.

It’s not just current Minnesota players who are coming to the fore this season. Many departees from the franchise in recent years are also making their presences felt, with some even standing a solid chance of lifting the Vince Lombardi Trophy in the coming weeks.

With this in mind, here are four former Vikings players who have thrived elsewhere in 2022.

Former Player No. 1

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(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Daniel Carlson /

Daniel Carlson – K

When Daniel Carlson missed three field goals against the Green Bay Packers, he was always going to be a sacrificial lamb. So it’s a testament to his character that he is excelling once again this season for the Las Vegas Raiders.

Carlson’s come through in the clutch multiple times, hitting 10 of 12 attempts from beyond 50 yards and demonstrating a poise that wasn’t evident during his time in Minnesota. While the Raiders have underachieved based on preseason expectations, the same cannot be said of their kicker.