Minnesota Vikings Depth Chart 2018 Vikings Depth Chart

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Kirk Cousins was the biggest offseason change for the Minnesota Vikings, who came in after they traded Case Keenum. Cousins signed a long term deal to be the starter for years down the line. In the Keenum deal, they landed Trevor Siemian to be Cousins backup. Dalvin Cook missed most of last season, and missed a good chunk of 2018 as well. Minnesota was smart to bring in Latavius Murray, who is an excellent backup. When healthy, Cook is the preferred of the team, especially with Jerick McKinnon no longer being on the roster. There is little depth behind these two names at running back. Adam Thielen jumped to the WR1 role this year, and Stefon Diggs was at WR2. They were one of the best duos in the league at the position. Laquon Treadwell has been in the league for a few years now, and played the WR3 role for Minnesota. The Vikings are not short of weapons as Kyle Rudolph is a good receiving tight end who has been the starter for a few years now. The biggest issue for Minnesota was the injury prone lineman, and they didn’t have much depth to cover for them.

Offense Depth Chart

Quarterback QB
Wes Lunt W. Lunt (3)
65
#74 QB
Running Back RB
87
#16 RB
Mike Boone M. Boone (2)
65
#114 RB
63
#119 RB
Left Wide Receiver LWR
Brandon Zylstra B. Zylstra (4)
65
#174 WR
Slot Wide Receiver SWR
Right Wide Receiver RWR
Tight End TE
Tyler Conklin T. Conklin (2)
67
#82 TE
Left Wide Receiver LWR
Brandon Zylstra B. Zylstra (4)
65
#174 WR
Tight End TE
Tyler Conklin T. Conklin (2)
67
#82 TE
Slot Wide Receiver SWR
Right Wide Receiver RWR
Quarterback QB
Wes Lunt W. Lunt (3)
65
#74 QB
Running Back RB
87
#16 RB
Mike Boone M. Boone (2)
65
#114 RB
63
#119 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
Position 1 2 3 4 5
Left Wide Receiver LWR
Brandon Zylstra B. Zylstra
Tight End TE
Tyler Conklin T. Conklin
Slot Wide Receiver SWR
Right Wide Receiver RWR
Quarterback QB
Wes Lunt W. Lunt
Running Back RB
Mike Boone M. Boone
Kamryn Pettway K. Pettway

Defense Depth Chart

Left Defensive End LDE
Defensive Tackle DT
Jalyn Holmes J. Holmes (2)
67
#62 DT
Nose Tackle NT
Right Defensive End RDE
Ade Aruna A. Aruna (3)
67
#83 DE
Weakside Linebacker WLB
Middle Linebacker MLB
Strongside Linebacker SLB
85
#16 OLB
Devante Downs D. Downs (2)
68
#63 OLB
Hercules Mata'afa H. Mata'afa (3)
65
#117 OLB
Left Cornerback LCB
Strong Safety SS
Free Safety FS
Right Cornerback RCB
Holton Hill H. Hill (2)
67
#149 CB
Left Defensive End LDE
Defensive Tackle DT
Jalyn Holmes J. Holmes (2)
67
#62 DT
Nose Tackle NT
Right Defensive End RDE
Ade Aruna A. Aruna (3)
67
#83 DE
Weakside Linebacker WLB
Middle Linebacker MLB
Strongside Linebacker SLB
85
#16 OLB
Devante Downs D. Downs (2)
68
#63 OLB
Hercules Mata'afa H. Mata'afa (3)
65
#117 OLB
Left Cornerback LCB
Strong Safety SS
Free Safety FS
Right Cornerback RCB
Holton Hill H. Hill (2)
67
#149 CB
Defense Depth Chart (4-3)
Position POS
Left Defensive End LDE
Defensive Tackle DT
Nose Tackle NT
Right Defensive End RDE
Weakside Linebacker WLB
Middle Linebacker MLB
Strongside Linebacker SLB
Left Cornerback LCB
Strong Safety SS
Free Safety FS
Right Cornerback RCB

Offense Depth Chart Stats

RBs
Player Rating
Dalvin Cook D. Cook
87
Mike Boone M. Boone
65
Ameer Abdullah A. Abdullah
81
CJ Ham C. Ham
63
Kamryn Pettway K. Pettway
67
Running Backs Stats Receiving Rushing
Player Rating Depth Snaps/Game Fumbles Targets Receptions Yards YPC Long TD Attempts Yards Long TD YPC YPG
Dalvin Cook D. Cook
87
RB 1 44.5 2 RB 1 44.5 2 49 40 305 7.6 27 2 133 615 70 2 4.6 55.9
Mike Boone M. Boone
65
RB 2 4.9 0 RB 2 4.9 0 3 2 1 0.5 1 0 11 47 20 0 4.3 5.9
Ameer Abdullah A. Abdullah
81
RB 4 1.7 1 RB 4 1.7 1 4 3 28 9.3 12 0 1 1 1 0 1 0.1
CJ Ham C. Ham
63
RB 5 9.3 0 RB 5 9.3 0 15 11 85 7.7 17 0 6 8 5 0 1.3 0.5
Kamryn Pettway K. Pettway
67
RB 6 RB 6
WRs
Player Rating
Adam Thielen A. Thielen
90
Stefon Diggs S. Diggs
88
Laquon Treadwell L. Treadwell
71
Brandon Zylstra B. Zylstra
65
Jordan Taylor J. Taylor
66
Chad Beebe C. Beebe
66
Armanti Foreman A. Foreman
65
Wide Receivers Stats Receiving Rushing
Player Rating Depth Snaps/Game Targets Receptions Yards Catch% YPC Long TD Attempts Yards TD YPC YPG
Adam Thielen A. Thielen
90
LWR 1 63.2 155 113 1373 70 12.2 68 9 5 30 0 6 1.9
Stefon Diggs S. Diggs
88
RWR 2 58.2 150 102 1021 70 10 75 9 10 62 0 6.2 4.1
Laquon Treadwell L. Treadwell
71
SWR 3 36.2 53 35 302 70 8.6 22 1 0 0 0 0 0
Brandon Zylstra B. Zylstra
65
LWR 4 1.1 2 1 23 50 23 23 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jordan Taylor J. Taylor
66
WR 6
Chad Beebe C. Beebe
66
WR 7 15.3 4 4 39 100 9.8 18 0 0 0 0 0 0
Armanti Foreman A. Foreman
65
WR 12
Tight Ends Stats Receiving
Player Rating Depth Snaps/Game Targets Receptions Yards Catch% YPC Long TD
Kyle Rudolph K. Rudolph
87
TE 1 57.8 81 64 634 80 9.9 44 4
Tyler Conklin T. Conklin
67
TE 2 9.2 7 5 77 70 15.4 33 0
David Morgan D. Morgan
72
TE 3 20.9 6 5 36 80 7.2 13 0

Defense Depth Chart Stats

Team Defense Rating
Minnesota Vikings Vikings
97
Team Defense Rating Pts Allowed/Game Yards Allowed/Game Pass Yards Allowed/Game Rush Yards Allowed/Game Sacks Fumbles INT
Minnesota Vikings
97
21.3 309.7 196.2 113.4 50 8 12
Special Teams Rating
Minnesota Vikings Vikings
81
Special Teams Rating Kick Return TDs Punt Return TDs Field Goal Blocked Punt Blocked Extra Point Blocked TDs
Minnesota Vikings
81
0 0 0 0 0 0
Defensive Line Rating Depth Position Snaps/Game Tackles Tackles for Loss Fumbles INT TDs
Shamar Stephen S. Stephen
63
DT 1 33 25 2 0 0 0
Danielle Hunter D. Hunter
85
LDE 1 54.8 71 21.5 0 0 1
Linval Joseph L. Joseph
91
NT 1 44.8 57 5 1 0 1
Everson Griffen E. Griffen
91
RDE 1 53.1 33 6.5 0 0 0
Jaleel Johnson J. Johnson
70
NT 2 16.4 13 2.5 1 0 0
Tashawn Bower T. Bower
64
LDE 2 10.6 6 0 0 0 0
Stephen Weatherly S. Weatherly
66
RDE 2 32.8 36 7.5 1 0 0
Jalyn Holmes J. Holmes
67
DT 2 11.6 3 1 0 0 0
Ade Aruna A. Aruna
67
RDE 3
Karter Schult K. Schult
67
DL 10
Linebackers Rating Depth Position Snaps/Game Tackles Tackles for Loss Fumbles INT TDs
Eric Kendricks E. Kendricks
78
MLB 1 62.5 108 6 1 2 0
Ben Gedeon B. Gedeon
78
WLB 1 20.7 54 0 1 0 0
Anthony Barr A. Barr
85
SLB 1 62.2 55 8 1 0 0
Eric Wilson E. Wilson
62
MLB 2 21 41 4.5 0 0 0
Devante Downs D. Downs
68
SLB 2 0 3 0 0 0 0
Kentrell Brothers K. Brothers
64
WLB 2 0.4 10 1 0 0 0
Hercules Mata'afa H. Mata'afa
65
SLB 3
Kickers Rating
Dan Bailey D. Bailey
78
Matt Wile M. Wile
72
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
PK 1 93 21 75 52 30 0 5 11 4 1
Matt Wile M. Wile
72
P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Punters Rating
Punters Rating Depth Position

Last Week's Vikings Starting Lineup

Running Backs Stats Receiving Rushing
Player Rating Depth Snaps Fumbles Targets Yards Long TD YPC YPG Attempts Receptions Yards YPC Long TD
Dalvin Cook D. Cook
87
RB 1 53 0 5 21 12 0 5.2 21 11 4 39 3.5 10 0
Latavius Murray L. Murray
84
RB 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 18 9 20 0
Ameer Abdullah A. Abdullah
81
RB 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mike Boone M. Boone
65
RB 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wide Receivers Stats Receiving Rushing
Player Rating Depth Snaps Targets Receptions Yards Catch% YPC Long TD Attempts Yards TD YPC YPG
Stefon Diggs S. Diggs
88
WR 1 56 10 8 47 80 5.9 18 1 0 0 0 0 0
Adam Thielen A. Thielen
90
WR 2 53 4 3 38 80 12.7 18 0 1 -1 0 -1 -1
Aldrick Robinson A. Robinson
75
WR 3 35 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Laquon Treadwell L. Treadwell
71
WR 4 14 2 1 7 50 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brandon Zylstra B. Zylstra
65
WR 5 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tight Ends Stats Receiving
Player Rating Depth Position Snaps Targets Receptions Yards Catch% YPC Long TD
Kyle Rudolph K. Rudolph
87
TE 1 49 5 4 19 80 4.8 9 0
David Morgan D. Morgan
72
TE 2 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tyler Conklin T. Conklin
67
TE 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

2018 Vikings Lineups

Game Score Starting Lineup Game Score Starting Lineup
Week 17: 12/30/18 vs CHI 10-24 L Kirk Cousins (QB), Dalvin Cook (RB), Stefon Diggs (WR1), Adam Thielen (WR2), Kyle Rudolph (TE), Tom Compton (G), Pat Elflein (C), Riley Reiff (OT), Mike Remmers (G), Brian O'Neill (OT)
Week 16: 12/23/18 at DET 27-9 W Kirk Cousins (QB), CJ Ham (RB), Adam Thielen (WR1), Kyle Rudolph (TE), Mike Remmers (G), Brian O'Neill (OT), Tom Compton (G), Riley Reiff (OT), Pat Elflein (C)
Week 15: 12/16/18 vs MIA 41-17 W Kirk Cousins (QB), Dalvin Cook (RB), Adam Thielen (WR1), Stefon Diggs (WR2), Kyle Rudolph (TE), Brian O'Neill (OT), Riley Reiff (OT), Tom Compton (G), Mike Remmers (G), Pat Elflein (C)
Week 14: 12/11/18 at SEA 7-21 L Kirk Cousins (QB), Dalvin Cook (RB), Stefon Diggs (WR1), Adam Thielen (WR2), Laquon Treadwell (WR3), Kyle Rudolph (TE), Riley Reiff (OT), Tom Compton (G), Mike Remmers (G), Pat Elflein (C), Brian O'Neill (OT)
Week 13: 12/2/18 at NE 10-24 L Kirk Cousins (QB), Dalvin Cook (RB), Adam Thielen (WR1), Laquon Treadwell (WR2), Stefon Diggs (WR3), Kyle Rudolph (TE), Pat Elflein (C), Brian O'Neill (OT), Tom Compton (G), Mike Remmers (G), Riley Reiff (OT)

Preseason Analysis: Vikings Hope to Turn Super Bowl LIII Purple

Minnesota did not do much in the draft for offensive players, mainly because they didn’t need to. Tyler Conklin was drafted out of Central Michigan, but is still behind Kyle Rudolph on the depth chart, and will be all year. The big news of the offseason was Kirk Cousins signing for a handsome amount of money. This could push Minnesota over the hump, who have been close the last few years. The receiving core remains pretty much the same, with the only addition being Kendall Wright. He will likely not be a big factor but might see some 3-WR set work with Laquon Treadwell. With Dalvin Cook back, everything will be determined as far as how healthy he is after such a severe injury. Minnesota lost Jerick McKinnon, but still have Latavius Murray who showed some quality last year in relief. Minnesota does lack a speed guy out of the backfield as far as McKinnon’s talents go, but still have more than enough to be an elite team in the NFC North. Cousins and company will be a prime offense this season, but volume should be fairly spread out given the amount of mouths to feed and a sturdy run game.

There have been 52 Super Bowls played, since the Packers dismantled the Kansas City Chiefs in 1967. Most years, an NFL team has an opportunity to play in front of their home fans. Never has a team won the big game, and only twice have they even made it to play in a stadium close to their actual home field. In last year's Super Bowl, the Minnesota Vikings had a chance to play on their home turf, but that chance was squandered in the City of Brotherly Love. The Eagles, ending their chance to make NFL history, embarrassed Minnesota in Philadelphia. However, after falling short last year, the Vikings are currently a 14 to 1 projection to end up in Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII. Mike Zimmer is ready for his 5th season. The customary four-year theory for coaches to realize the success of their system showed outstanding results in year number four. Behind a powerful offensive line, Minnesota will try to continue Zimmer's penchant for ball control. It's the old-fashioned, who makes the fewest mistakes usually wins, philosophy.

Getting Offensive in Minnesota

Oddly enough, the quarterback who methodically led Minnesota to 13 wins in 2017 is now throwing in the mile high air of Denver, Colorado. The Vikings GM Rick Spielman and offensive coordinator John DeFilippo obviously didn't feel Case Keenum had enough to take them to the next level. They outbid other suitors to land coveted free agent Kirk Cousins. Cousins put up respectable numbers during his stay in the Nation's Capitol, but he never could push the Washington Redskins into the playoff limelight. He has a cast of superstars around him in Minneapolis that is going to give defensive coordinators a few sleepless nights. Back healthy is second year speedster out of Florida State, Davon Cook. All eyes will be on him, as he prepares for his second season after year-ending ACL surgery in 2017. In only four games, Cook showed an incredible field presence, blended with lightening speed and a nose for the goal line.

Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen have been a nightmare for defensive backs to cover. With Cousin's strong arm, these two look to put up potentially career best numbers. Spielman added two intriguing veterans, Kendall Wright and Tavarres King. With a sneaky 5th round draft pick, Minnesota added former basketball star, TE Tyler Conklin. Conklin could see field time along with Pro Bowl veteran Kyle Rudolph. This set may have defenses scratching their heads on how to cover a pay of prolific pass-catching tight ends. With Cousins quarterbacking the Vikings, odds are they will produce points; sometimes a lot of points.

Minnesota Is Downright Defensive

The best regular season defense in the NFL worked to get even better. Minnesota led the league by giving up under 16 points per game. However, their turnover ratio didn't meet Zimmer's expectations. The Viking's front office added Seahawk defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson, plus two defensive players with two out of their first three draft choices. Mike Hughes will bring his winning attitude for Central Florida, and immediately make an impact at cornerback. On the outside of the defensive line, Minnesota added Ohio State star DE Jayln Holmes. Holmes was somewhat over-shadowed by fellow Buckeye Joey Boza during his time in Columbus. However, the Vikings will look to unleash his relentless pass rushing abilities on opposing quarterbacks.

The Vikings re-signed two of their best coverage men, so they should have no problem duplicating a defense that was equally tough against the run as they were against the pass. However, since the offense will almost assuredly have an uptick in tempo, improving on their turnover ratio will be a focus of the Minnesota defense in 2018. They have the offensive fire-power to be far more prolific at scoring points in past years, plus still have a threatening, turnover aggressive defensive unit. The NFC North is a tough division, and the Eagles return a talented team in the way of every NFC team's hopes. However, the Minnesota faithful think the football world will be turning purple next February at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.