Former Viking Played His First Career Offensive Snaps This Week
This past weekend, a former Viking prospect finally played his first career offensive snaps. I am of course speaking of the infamous right guard from Ohio State, Wyatt Davis.
There were some rumors that Davis’ “revenge game” could happen against the Vikings when Andrus Peat was ruled out for the Week 4 game in London. Alas, it was Calvin Throckmorton that ended up getting the start in that game. In Week 5, though, Davis finally broke onto the offense against the Seattle Seahawks in his 22nd NFL game…for a total of two snaps. He came in during the first half as a subsitute for Andrus Peat.
This is the first time Davis has stepped onto an NFL field since Week 16 of the 2021 season. He played five special teams snaps for the Vikings on December 26th against the Los Angeles Rams.
When the Minnesota Vikings drafted Wyatt Davis in the third-round of the 2021 NFL Draft, many assumed it would spell the end of Minnesota’s problems at right guard. Of course, that did not happen. Instead, the Vikings cut the Ohio State product ahead of the start of the regular season before he ultimately landed with the New Orleans Saints.
Of course, 2021 saw a number of struggles for the right guard between adjusting to the NFL level of play as well as injuries throughout training camp and preseason. His lack of presence in camp allowed Oli Udoh to break out as the darling of preseason and snatch the starting spot at right guard.
After that didn’t necessarily work out in the 2021 regular season, Minnesota spent another Day Two pick on a right guard in 2022, selecting Ed Ingram out of LSU. Turns out, this pick has panned out extremely well for Minnesota as he grabbed the starting snaps early in camp and hasn’t relinquished.
Regardless, the seemingly immediate fall of Wyatt Davis after coming into the NFL remains infinitely puzzling. For a player that seemed like a consensus top-75 pick to barely crack onto NFL rosters could not have been predicted prior to the 2021 Draft.
We’ll see if things ultimately work out for Davis moving forward, but it doesn’t seem likely at this point. As for the Vikings, it’s just comforting that Kwesi Adofo-Mensah stepped in and almost instantly fixed a problem that has plagued Minnesota for multiple years.
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Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho with a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing as well as minors in History, Human Biology, and Journalism. When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys marathon training, playing video games, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. For more of his takes, NFL and otherwise, check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken