Minnesota Vikings Depth Chart 2019 Vikings Depth Chart

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Going 8-7-1 last season and missing the playoffs, the Vikings have a long way to go to get where they want to be. The way things went last season, it seems like the current team peaked in 2018 with the Minneapolis Miracle. The Vikings will certainly hope they can get more production from Kurt Cousins this season, as last year he finished just 14th in QB rating across the NFL. 14th doesn't sound so bad, but when you're paying a guy $84 million over three years, you certainly hope he does better than that. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs round out a nice WR core, which is supplemented by the 23 year old Laquon Treadwell who has 517 receiving yards over three seasons with the Vikings.

With Latavius Murray signing with the Saints in the off-season, it leaves Dalvin Cook and new draft-pick Alexander Mattison as the RB-core. As of now, it looks like the running game will be one of Minnesota's biggest weaknesses in 2019, especiallyif Mattison doesn't live up to expectations. Dalvin Cook finished 31st in the NFL in rushing yards category last year with just 615 in 133 attempts. Kendricks, Barr, and Gedeon spell out the first string LBs for the Vikings. After winning NFC Rookie of the Year in his rookie season in 2015, Eric Kendricks has steadily declined in solo tackles and sacks as the years have progressed. Last season, he finished with just one sack and 63 solo tackles, but there's no doubt he still makes a large impact for the Vikings defense which let up the 4th least amount of average yards per game in 2018.

Offense Depth Chart

Quarterback QB
Running Back RB
83
#24 RB
Mike Boone M. Boone (3)
65
#178 RB
Left Wide Receiver LWR
Brandon Zylstra B. Zylstra (7)
65
#333 WR
Slot Wide Receiver SWR
Chad Beebe C. Beebe (3)
66
#312 WR
Right Wide Receiver RWR
Tight End TE
Tyler Conklin T. Conklin (4)
67
#137 TE
Left Wide Receiver LWR
Brandon Zylstra B. Zylstra (7)
65
#333 WR
Tight End TE
Tyler Conklin T. Conklin (4)
67
#137 TE
Slot Wide Receiver SWR
Chad Beebe C. Beebe (3)
66
#312 WR
Right Wide Receiver RWR
Quarterback QB
Running Back RB
83
#24 RB
Mike Boone M. Boone (3)
65
#178 RB
Skill Positions Depth Chart
Position POS
Left Wide Receiver LWR
Tight End TE
Slot Wide Receiver SWR
Right Wide Receiver RWR
Quarterback QB
Running Back RB

Defense Depth Chart

Left Defensive End LDE
Defensive Tackle DT
Jalyn Holmes J. Holmes (2)
67
#117 DT
Nose Tackle NT
Right Defensive End RDE
Ade Aruna A. Aruna (3)
67
#174 DE
Weakside Linebacker WLB
Cornerback CB
Defensive Back DB
Craig James C. James (15)
69
#179 CB
Middle Linebacker MLB
Strongside Linebacker SLB
86
#10 OLB
Devante Downs D. Downs (2)
68
#121 OLB
Hercules Mata'afa H. Mata'afa (3)
65
#157 OLB
Left Cornerback LCB
Strong Safety SS
Free Safety FS
Right Cornerback RCB
Left Defensive End LDE
Defensive Tackle DT
Jalyn Holmes J. Holmes (2)
67
#117 DT
Nose Tackle NT
Right Defensive End RDE
Ade Aruna A. Aruna (3)
67
#174 DE
Weakside Linebacker WLB
Cornerback CB
Defensive Back DB
Craig James C. James (15)
69
#179 CB
Middle Linebacker MLB
Strongside Linebacker SLB
86
#10 OLB
Devante Downs D. Downs (2)
68
#121 OLB
Hercules Mata'afa H. Mata'afa (3)
65
#157 OLB
Left Cornerback LCB
Strong Safety SS
Defense Depth Chart (4-3)
Position POS
Left Defensive End LDE
Defensive Tackle DT
Nose Tackle NT
Right Defensive End RDE
Weakside Linebacker WLB
Cornerback CB
Defensive Back DB
Middle Linebacker MLB
Strongside Linebacker SLB
Left Cornerback LCB
Strong Safety SS
Free Safety FS
Right Cornerback RCB

Offense Depth Chart Stats

Defense Depth Chart Stats

Team Defense Rating
Minnesota Vikings Vikings
84
Team Defense Rating Pts Allowed/Game Yards Allowed/Game Pass Yards Allowed/Game Rush Yards Allowed/Game Sacks Fumbles INT
Minnesota Vikings
84
0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Special Teams Rating
Minnesota Vikings Vikings
0
Special Teams Rating Kick Return TDs Punt Return TDs Field Goal Blocked Punt Blocked Extra Point Blocked TDs
Minnesota Vikings
0
0 0 0 0 0 0
Kickers Rating
Dan Bailey D. Bailey
78
Matt Wile M. Wile
75
Kickers Rating Depth Position Points Field Goals Made Field Goal % Made Long Extra Points Made 0-19 FG Attempted/Made 20-29 FG Attempted/Made 30-39 FG Attempted/Made 40-49 FG Attempted/Made 50+ Attempted/Made
Dan Bailey D. Bailey
78
K 1
Matt Wile M. Wile
75
K 2
Punters Rating
Punters Rating Depth Position

Offseason Moves

Judging by last season, Minnesota definitely needed help on the O-line and their first-round draft pick reflected that. They took a Garrett Bradbury, a center from North Carolina State. Originally recruited to play tight-end, Bradbury won the 2018 Rimington Trophy for being the nation's top center in college football. Fitting into the O-line narrative, Minnesota signed free agent guard Josh Kline. Kline spent the last three seasons on the Titans, where he started all 46 games.

Minnesota also drafted Dru Somia in the 4th round, a guard out of Oklahoma. Brett Jones and Dakota Dozier are two other OL signings done this offseason. Minnesota looked to spruce up their defense as well, in hopes to make an already good thing better -- or to get back to the lockdown defense they put out on the field every game of the 2017 season. Kris Boyd and Terrence Alexander are two CBs the Vikings signed, both rookies. Losing Latavius Murray will certainly be a blow, but the Vikings are hoping Alexander Mattison will fit into Murray's role nicely.

Looking Ahead

Obviously, 2nd place in the NFC North isn't where the Vikings want to be. To their credit, they looked at their weaknesses in the 2018 season and addressed them head-on this offseason. It can be argued that Kirk Cousins is still an elite quarterback and that he just didn't get the protection he needed last year which resulted in just a mediocre performance. It seemed like the Vikings' whole offensive plan last year was to rely on Cousins to carry the offense, which obviously wasn't enough.

Their offense just ended up being one of the most predictable in the league and lacked any originality in a league where surprise plays/smoke and mirrors style offenses are incredibly successful. Adding all these pieces to the offensive line is certainly a step in the right direction, and we'll see how things play out this season for the Vikings. Ability to create gaps in the o-line will certainly help their run game, which was almost nonexistent last year.

Their schedule in the upcoming season is tough at times, but it's not so difficult that they won't be able to succeed if the pieces they put together this off-season come together. In terms of defense, if the right guys get into the mix (which I believe the Vikings have put in place), the defensive-minded head coach Mike Zimmer and defensive-coordinator George Edwards will be able to put out one of the best Ds in the league. Of course the Vikings have to play Bears and Packers twice a piece, who both have astounding rosters being put on the field to start the year. The NFC North will be more competitive this year than it was last season with the Bears emerging as champions at 12-4 (Vikings #2 with record of 8-7-1). This will be the year where the Vikings find out if Kirk Cousins was worth the money, as there won't be any more excuses with them investing in a good offensive line.