Minnesota Vikings Depth Chart 2020 Minnesota Vikings Depth Chart

10-6, 2nd NFC North

@ SF

9:35 pm GMT, 1/11

The Vikings were perhaps the biggest disappointment from last season. After reaching the NFC championship game, they had landed Kirk Cousins in free agency and seemed poised to make a championship run. Instead, they ended up finishing 8-7-1 and missed the playoffs on the last game of the season. This season, expectations are a lot lower and many people have seemingly written them off as pretenders. Still, there’s a lot of talent on both ends of the ball on this Vikings team. If things click better than last season, the Vikings could remind everyone why people were so high on them. With that being said, they should start by answering these questions about their depth chart first.

Offense Depth Chart

Quarterback QB
Running Back RB
Wide Receiver WR
Wide Receiver WR
Chad Beebe C. Beebe (1)
66
#235 WR
Tight End TE
Tyler Conklin T. Conklin (3)
67
#117 TE
Wide Receiver WR
Tight End TE
Tyler Conklin T. Conklin (3)
67
#117 TE
Wide Receiver WR
Chad Beebe C. Beebe (1)
66
#235 WR
Quarterback QB
Running Back RB
Skill Positions Depth Chart

Defense Depth Chart

Left Defensive End LDE
Nose Tackle NT
Defensive Tackle DT
Jalyn Holmes J. Holmes (2)
67
#88 DT
Hercules Mata'afa H. Mata'afa (3)
65
#94 DT
Right Defensive End RDE
Ifeadi Odenigbo I. Odenigbo (1)
68
#112 RDE
Strongside Linebacker SLB
81
#19 SLB
62
#148 SLB
Middle Linebacker MLB
Weakside Linebacker WLB
75
#60 WLB
Demarquis Gates D. Gates (2)
67
#98 WLB
Left Cornerback LCB
Holton Hill H. Hill (2)
73
#149 LCB
77
#71 LCB
Strong Safety SS
Free Safety FS
Right Cornerback RCB
Marcus Sayles M. Sayles (3)
69
# RCB
Left Defensive End LDE
Nose Tackle NT
Defensive Tackle DT
Jalyn Holmes J. Holmes (2)
67
#88 DT
Hercules Mata'afa H. Mata'afa (3)
65
#94 DT
Right Defensive End RDE
Ifeadi Odenigbo I. Odenigbo (1)
68
#112 RDE
Strongside Linebacker SLB
81
#19 SLB
62
#148 SLB
Middle Linebacker MLB
Weakside Linebacker WLB
75
#60 WLB
Demarquis Gates D. Gates (2)
67
#98 WLB
Left Cornerback LCB
Holton Hill H. Hill (2)
73
#149 LCB
77
#71 LCB
Strong Safety SS
Free Safety FS
Right Cornerback RCB
Marcus Sayles M. Sayles (3)
69
# RCB
Defense Depth Chart (4-3)
Position POS
Left Defensive End LDE
Nose Tackle NT
Defensive Tackle DT
Right Defensive End RDE
Strongside Linebacker SLB
Middle Linebacker MLB
Weakside Linebacker WLB
Left Cornerback LCB
Strong Safety SS
Free Safety FS
Right Cornerback RCB
Position 1 2 3 4
Left Defensive End LDE Danielle Hunter D. Hunter Eddie Yarbrough E. Yarbrough
Nose Tackle NT Michael Pierce M. Pierce Jaleel Johnson J. Johnson Armon Watts A. Watts
Defensive Tackle DT Shamar Stephen S. Stephen Jalyn Holmes J. Holmes Hercules Mata'afa H. Mata'afa
Right Defensive End RDE Ifeadi Odenigbo I. Odenigbo Anthony Zettel A. Zettel
Strongside Linebacker SLB Anthony Barr A. Barr Eric Wilson E. Wilson
Middle Linebacker MLB Eric Kendricks E. Kendricks Cameron Smith C. Smith
Weakside Linebacker WLB Ben Gedeon B. Gedeon Demarquis Gates D. Gates
Left Cornerback LCB Mike Hughes M. Hughes Holton Hill H. Hill Kris Boyd K. Boyd Mark Fields M. Fields
Strong Safety SS Harrison Smith H. Smith
Free Safety FS Anthony Harris A. Harris
Right Cornerback RCB Nate Meadors N. Meadors Kemon Hall K. Hall Marcus Sayles M. Sayles

Last Week's Vikings Starting Lineup

Tight Ends Stats Receiving
Player Rating Depth Position Snaps Targets Receptions Yards Catch% YPC Long TD
Kyle Rudolph K. Rudolph
87
TE 1 32 3 2 4 70 2 3 0
Irv Smith Jr. I. Smith Jr.
73
TE 2 29 3 3 39 100 13 21 0
Tyler Conklin T. Conklin
67
TE 3 3 1 1 5 100 5 5 0

2019 Vikings Lineups

Game Score Starting Lineup Game Score Starting Lineup
Week Playoffs: 1/11/20 at SF 10-27 L Kirk Cousins (QB), Dalvin Cook (RB), Adam Thielen (WR1), Stefon Diggs (WR2), Irv Smith Jr. (TE), Josh Kline (G), Riley Reiff (OT), Brian O'Neill (OT), Garrett Bradbury (C), Dakota Dozier (G)
Week Playoffs: 1/5/20 at NO 26-20 W Kirk Cousins (QB), CJ Ham (RB), Adam Thielen (WR1), Stefon Diggs (WR2), Kyle Rudolph (TE), Garrett Bradbury (C), Josh Kline (G), Pat Elflein (G), Brian O'Neill (OT), Riley Reiff (OT)
Week 17: 12/29/19 vs CHI 19-21 L Sean Mannion (QB), Mike Boone (RB), Laquon Treadwell (WR1), Alexander Hollins (WR2), Olabisi Johnson (WR3), Kyle Rudolph (TE), Josh Kline (G), Rashod Hill (OT), Aviante Collins (OT), Pat Elflein (C), Garrett Bradbury (C)
Week 16: 12/24/19 vs GB 10-23 L Kirk Cousins (QB), CJ Ham (RB), Adam Thielen (WR1), Stefon Diggs (WR2), Kyle Rudolph (TE), Josh Kline (G), Riley Reiff (OT), Garrett Bradbury (C), Pat Elflein (C), Brian O'Neill (OT)
Week 15: 12/15/19 at LAC 39-10 W Kirk Cousins (QB), Dalvin Cook (RB), Stefon Diggs (WR1), Adam Thielen (WR2), Olabisi Johnson (WR3), Kyle Rudolph (TE), Brian O'Neill (OT), Josh Kline (G), Garrett Bradbury (C), Pat Elflein (C), Riley Reiff (OT)

Do the Vikings Have Enough Offensive Line Depth?

One of the biggest issues for the Vikings last year was their unimpressive offensive line. Kirk Cousins often had to make quick throws as time in the pocket was rarely there for him, while open running lanes for the Vikings running backs were even rarer. The Vikings recognized that issue and drafted center Garrett Bradburry to alleviate their problems. They also poached Josh Kline away from the Tennessee Titans to be their new right guard. There is reason to think that the Vikings offensive line will play much better this season than last, as there were some special circumstances last year. The first was the amount of injuries they suffered, as the Vikings started 8 separate linemen, making chemistry harder to develop for the unit. The second was the tragic death of the Vikings offensive line Tony Sparano coach two days before the season, which no doubt cast a dark cloud over the unit. The Vikings should be better equipped to aid their quarterback and running back this year, but it’s still a relatively shallow unit. If they have bad injury luck again, a repeat performance of last year could be in the cards.

How Much Depth Do the Vikings Have on Defense?

Although the Vikings division rival Bears got all the attention for their league leading defense last year, the Vikings defense quietly put out another top 5 defensive season. In most defensive positions, especially in their secondary, the Vikings have an abundance of talent. At cornerback, the Vikings are starting Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes, but also have starting caliber talents like Mike Hughes and Holton Hill. The ever-reliable Harrison Smith locks down things at the safety position once more. Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks round out a solid linebacker core. Meanwhile the Vikings defensive line is as fearsome as ever, with Linval Joseph, Danielle Hunter, and a hopefully healthy Everson Griffen leading the way. This defensive unit appears to be deep and doesn’t really have one major flaw. While the Vikings’ offense may be a wild card, count on their defense once again showing out.

Who is Their Third Receiver?

The Vikings have one of the best receiving duos in the league, with Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, but their depth chart after those two is complicated. In an ideal world, Laquon Treadwell would’ve reached his potential as a first round pick and become a worthy receiver to group with Diggs and Thielen. Unfortunately for both him and the team, he hasn’t been able to put it again, and it now appears his tenure on the team is on thin ice. After Treadwell, the other options don’t get much better. There is one name that appears to have gotten some buzz, and that’s Jordan Taylor. Taylor, who was with the Broncos for 4 years, didn’t get much playing time in Denver but is still easily the most experienced of the competition. He’s apparently impressed in training camp, so keep an eye out for him as the potential WR3. A solid third receiver isn’t a necessity with Diggs and Thielen, but it would definitely help, as there’s no such thing as too many weapons in an offense.