5 Vikings who won't be on the final 53-man roster in 2023

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jalen Reagor
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Player No. 1

Jalen Reagor - WR

Jalen Reagor was a player the Vikings acquired just before the start of the 2022 season. They traded a couple of mid-round selections to attain the former first-round pick and envisioned him as their primary punt returner and fourth wide receiver who could take the top off a defense.

He did become the punt returner but didn't do much with that opportunity, as his punt return average was around the worst in the NFL. Reagor didn't add much as a receiver either, catching just eight passes for 104 yards and one touchdown. He was basically a nonfactor for the majority of the season.

Fast forward to this season and into training camp, and Reagor is going to have to step up his game to stay a member of the Vikings. He has competition at punt returner in the form of Brandon Powell. The two have been splitting reps in minicamps, and Powell has had success in that role with the Rams.

Reagor also will be facing an uphill battle to make it as a receiver. The Vikings drafted Jordan Addison in the first round in addition to adding Powell in free agency. Jalen Nailor has also been impressing early in minicamp and appears to be the front runner to be wide receiver No. 4 behind Justin Jefferson, K.J. Osborn, and Addison.

Reagor will also have to fend off some intriguing undrafted rookies, like Thayer Thomas, who has been impressive in early practices.

The fact the Vikings did give up multiple mid-round picks to get Reagor will make it harder for the team to give up on him. However, it seems highly unlikely he'll suddenly put things together this summer and perform like the first-round pick that he was.