Player No. 3
Joejuan Williams - CB
The Vikings opted to keep just five cornerbacks on the active roster. While that is risky, what is even nuttier is that there's only one with much experience. Byron Murphy is the lone veteran on the team, with Akayleb Evans, who appeared in spot duty as a rookie, starting across from him.
Nickel will see a heavy dose of rookie Mekhi Blackmon and then Andrew Booth Jr., who has just a partial season under his belt, and undrafted rookie Najee "Flash" Thompson flesh out the depth. It is a very young group that lacks experience, and that is what could come back to bite Minnesota.
Joejuan Williams doesn't have a lot more experience than some of the aforementioned players, but he has been in the league for three seasons. He has 36 games under his belt, so he's seen a lot.
He would've provided a little more experience in the cornerback room and could help the young players understand what an offense is trying to do and give them some tells to look for.
His being on the practice squad is a bit of a silver lining. He can still help coach up the younger players during the week and give them tips on what to look for with the opponent they are facing, but he won't be there on Sundays.
Losing that could hurt this defense and make the Vikings wish they would've kept a little more experience at corner on the final 53.