The Minnesota Vikings had some new faces on their roster in 2023 and some of them deserve to be brought back by the team for the 2024 season.
The Minnesota Vikings roster in 2023 was a fluid one. Back in March, they added some new faces in free agency, but even after that, it seemed this roster was constantly changing.
The Vikings started this trend in the preseason by constantly releasing and bringing in new players pretty much on a weekly basis.
Minnesota also didn't hesitate to make trades or bring in some popular available free agents to fill holes and address needs.
Some of these players were acquired after the Vikings' final 2023 roster cuts were made, and some were even added after the regular season began.
Minnesota general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and his staff were always looking for ways to improve the team and keep them competitive despite the team's many injuries last season.
Some of these players didn't pan out and likely won't be welcomed back for a second stint with the Vikings, but there are others whom fans would love to see get another year with their favorite team.
Who are some of the players who joined Minnesota in 2023 who deserve to come back for at least one more season?
Vikings Newcomer No. 1
Brandon Powell - WR
The Vikings signed Brandon Powell for basically next to nothing last March. He was brought in to compete with Jalen Reagor to be the team's punt returner and fourth receiver on the depth chart.
It didn't take long to see that Powell was the better option, and sure enough, he unseated the former first-round draft pick and earned that spot with Minnesota.
There was a lot to love about Powell's game. He was quick and shifty and played much bigger than his 5-foot-8, 181-pound frame.
When Justin Jefferson was out during the middle of the 2023 season, Powell stepped up into the No. 3 receiver role and played very well, making clutch grabs that kept drives alive.
The Vikings also used him as a runner out of the backfield, forcing defenses to be aware of where he was on the field at all times.
Powell finished the season with 29 receptions for 324 yards, and the majority of his production came when Jefferson was out.
With Minnesota wide receiver K.J. Osborn likely moving on in free agency, Powell proved he can be a productive third option in this offense no matter who's throwing the football.
Powell was also the Vikings' primary punt returner in 2023. He didn't light the world on fire in the role, but he fielded his punts cleanly, and that is more than one can say about a few players Minnesota has given the role to previously.
Powell won't be expensive on the open market, and the Vikings should be able to land a valuable player at a great rate.
Powell deserves to have another year in purple and Minnesota should ensure that happens.