The 6 Main Newcomers at Vikings Training Camp

move in rankDec 12, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals cornerback Byron Murphy Jr. against the New England Patriots at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports.

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December 12, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals cornerback Byron Murphy Jr. against the New England Patriots at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credits: Mark J. Rebillas-USA Today Sports.

The Minnesota Vikings offseason is basically over, as training camp begins on Sunday in Eagan.

Minnesota finished 2022 with a 13-4 record and a division crown, hoping to repeat the feat in head coach Kevin O’Connell’s second year.

6 key newcomers to Vikings training camp

And with camp less than 48 hours away, these are the six main newcomer players known on the Vikings’ depth chart, listed in alphabetical order.

1. Jordan Addison (WR)

Rookie minicamp highlights from Minnesota Vikings’ wide receiver Jordan Addison’s first practice as a Viking after being selected in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft. Addison played in college at the University of Pittsburgh and USC.

this newbie has No Have a nice week. On Thursday morning, Addison was charged with reckless driving while traveling 140 MPH in a 55 MPH zone in the Twin Cities.

but edison issued a statement Friday evening, vowing to get better, “Yesterday morning I made a mistake and made a bad decision. I know him and am his master. I will learn from this and will not repeat this behavior again. I am truly sorry.”

If Addison has the ability to cheat out of his system, he should be competing for the WR2 job next to Justin Jefferson in the Vikings offense. Minnesota spent the 23rd overall selection in April’s draft on the USC product.

2. Mekhi Blackmon (CB)

Rookie minicamp highlights from Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mekhi Blackmon’s first practice as a Viking after being selected in the 2023 NFL Draft. Blackmon is a cornerback from USC drafted by Minnesota in Round 3 of the 2023 NFL Draft.

This guy could win the starting slot cornerback job.

how do we know? OK, who else would it be? There is no real contender to win the contest outside of Blackmon. The Vikings took Jordan Addison’s teammate out of the third round in April’s draft, and he has ample defensive experience in college — more than everyone else.

A rookie can be the starter on day one.

3. Marcus Davenport (OLB)

Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Marcus Davenport addresses the media from the TCO Performance Center. Davenport joined the Vikings in March 2023 after four seasons with the New Orleans Saints.

The Vikings sold Za’Darius Smith to the Cleveland Browns in May after being dissatisfied with the Minnesota front office’s stance on the budget. But before the trade, general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah signed a one-year deal with Davenport in March, and he is set to start opposite Danielle Hunter on the Vikings’ 2023 defensive line.

A season ago Davenport had a down year in New Orleans – in a way, producing only 0.5 sacks. A former first-rounder, his stint with the Vikings is his last chance to prove his worth as a starting EDGE defender.

4. Dean Lowry (DT)

July 28, 2021; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers’ defensive end Dean Lowry (94) is shown during the first day of training camp. Mandatory credit: Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel-USA TODAY Network.

A Packer turncoat, Lori is accustomed to starting out in Green Bay. And because the Vikings allowed Dalvin Tomlinson to join in free agency while retaining Jonathan Bullard at another potential starting spot, Lowry has a clear path to start this September.

He is a very dependable lineman; He doesn’t make it to Pro Bowls but he doesn’t have too many bad games either. Lullaby is a fairly steady-eddy type of thing.

Barring a free-agent signing of Ndamukong Suh, a starting DT job is going to be lost to him.

5. Byron Murphy (CB)

Cornerback Byron Murphy of the Minnesota Vikings, a second-round draft pick, spent four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. He was signed by the Vikings from free agency in March 2023.

Possibly the Vikings’ top off-season addition, at least on paper, is Murphy Only Tried and true experience man in the Vikings CB Room. This is quite mind boggling.

Minnesota found Murphy in free agency, and he will look to bolster a questionable CB portion of the depth chart that has said goodbye to Patrick Peterson, Duke Shelley, Cameron Dentzler, Chandan Sullivan and Chris Boyd over the past four months.

6. Josh Oliver (TE)’s Gabe Henderson talks with Minnesota Vikings freshman Josh Oliver after he was signed by the team during 2023 NFL free agency. Oliver is on deck to serve as the Vikings’ TE2 in 2023 behind TE1 TJ Hockenson.

Oliver, who made his debut in the offseason, will take over as TE2 unless something happens due to an injury to TJ Hockenson.

Coming out of college in 2019, draft chiefs criticized Oliver’s run-blocking ability and instead labeled him merely a pass-catching commodity. Then, he eventually arrived in Baltimore and became a run-blocking asset with unknown pass-catching talent.

So, something’s got to give in Minnesota. Perhaps he will excel in both.

dustin baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube channel, vikesnow, He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinney, which airs every Wednesday raun sah And Sal Masala, His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. List of guilty pleasures: Peanut butter ice cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Bassett Hounds, and The Doors (band).

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