4 most surprising players to make the Vikings final roster in 2023

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Player No. 4

Jalen Reagor - WR

Jalen Reagor was walking the thin line between being on and off the team the entire preseason. He was a flop in year one with the Vikings, doing next to nothing after being acquired in a cut-day trade with the Philadelphia Eagles last August.

Reagor fell further down the depth chart after the team used their first-round pick on Jordan Addison earlier this year.

This may have lit a fire under Reagor because he stepped up his play and took on a bit of a leadership role in minicamps. This carried over into training camp and the preseason, and Reagor looked impressive in just about every game.

Despite looking good, Reagor was one of the few bubble receivers to play in the final preseason game. That clearly wasn't a good sign for his chances of making the club.

Then rumors came out that Minnesota was getting calls from other teams regarding Reagor's availability in a trade. Once those rumors took off, it seemed like the Vikings would take the best offer they could get for Reagor, as they already looked set on keeping a player with a similar skill set in Brandon Powell.


Whether the trade rumors were false or if Minnesota wasn't given a deal they liked, Reagor ended up making the final roster.

His play this preseason warranted that move, but it was still a surprise to see him make it after all the turmoil and circumstances surrounding him.

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