4 Vikings who have already locked up a 2023 roster spot this preseason

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jalen Reagor
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Jalen Reagor - WR

This may be less of a surprise, but Jalen Reagor is undoubtedly good enough to be on an NFL roster despite his struggles so far in his career. He had some rough stretches with the Vikings last season but brings experience as a punt returner and depth on offense. In an expanded role in the preseason opener, Reagor was the best weapon in the passing game.

He caught four passes for 55 yards, including a 25-yard gain from Nick Mullens, as the Vikings' second offensive unit settled in. Even if the punt-returning job was up for grabs, Reagor provides enough offensively to earn a roster spot at this point.

Minnesota has some questions in the wide receiver room after injuries have cut down some key bodies in training camp. Reagor's speed and playmaking ability give him an upper hand over some of the younger options, including Thayer Thomas, Blake Proehl, and even Brandon Powell, who has had a strong camp himself.

The search for the fourth wide receiver should be an interesting one. Kevin O'Connell will have to let the battle unfold between Reagor, Jalen Nailor, Brandon Powell, and perhaps even N'Keal Harry. As of right now, Reagor seems to be the obvious answer, especially since he is the leader in the clubhouse to return punts.

Jalen Reagor was probably expected to make the final 53 for a myriad of reasons, but not many could have expected that he would be this clear of his competition at this stage of the preseason. He will probably continue getting reps in the offense to clean up that aspect of his game during the next two exhibitions.