On the wide scale of the 2022 Minnesota Vikings depth chart, there is little mystery as to who will go where or which player will start in the end. For the most part, starters are already clearly defined, and summer camp battles should be minimal.
However, there is one place that has plagued the Vikings since 2018, which has ensured some suspense, leading to a regular season. That’s the decent thing to do, and it should end there.
Last week, the Bleacher Report projected Minnesota’s initial lineup, and it theorized Ed Ingram as the final winner for RG Hole in the deep charts. Then on Tuesday, Greg Rosenthal from NFL.com followed up on the NFC Northern teams ‘starting lineup forecasts -‘ season for such speculation – and he agreed that Ingram is scheduled to open RG jobs.
Again, the 2022 Vikings starters aren’t too mysterious, but here’s what Rosenthal had in mind:
Inserting Ingram into the right guard is really the only significant item here, except perhaps starting three defenses for the Vikings. Such a defensive plan would be a turning point for the Minnesota defense as it was converted from Mike Zimmer’s famous 4-3 system to Ed Donatel’s scheme.
Ingram was drafted from LSU in the 2nd round of the 2022 NFL Draft, a position in the draft where players should start soon. In that context, starting from the gate, Ingram finds himself clear.
However, before joining Ingram Club, new general manager QC Adopho-Mensah signed veteran attacking linemen Jesse Davis (Dolphins) and Chris Reed (Colts). What will happen to those men? This is a reasonable question if Ingram is nominated for sure-fire to start the first week. Davis started 72 games in five seasons in Miami, and Reed’s performance lately suggests that he Should Start, too.
Overall, this is a good thing to have – especially for a franchise that has struggled with pass protection for over a decade.
Takeaway? The summer war predicted in the right guard – which was actually advertised by new head coach Kevin O’Connell – could be harmonious if the pundits are right. Ingram immediately owned the game dynasty. Meanwhile, other signatories Davis and Wyatt Davis from the Reed-Plus 2021 NFL draft may have to fight for roster spots.
Consider Bleacher Report And NFL.com, as written on the wall, speculates that Ingram is probably the “guy” in the RG in September.
Prior to Ingram, five LSU offensive linemen were selected in the 3rd Round or higher NFL Draft since 2010 – Joe Berksdale, Lloyd Cushenberry, Damien Lewis, Ethan Posic and Tri Turner.
They all became regular starters.
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