Minnesota Vikings Roster 2018 Vikings Roster

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Kirk Cousins was the big offseason acquisition around the league, and has the pressure of taking this team to the Super Bowl, which is a place they did not see Case Keenum leading them. The Vikings lost Jerick McKinnon, but with Dalvin Cook coming back he was expected to see 70%+ of the touches before going down. If healthy, Cook and Latavius Murray will be the main guys. The Vikings have an excellent core of wide receivers. Adam Thielen has involved from more than just a reliable pass-catching receiver, and can work on the outside at times. Stefon Diggs is coming off an exciting postseason, and will get a bump with Cousins under center. Kendall Wright and Laquon Treadwell are battling for the WR3 role. Kyle Rudolph has the third option in this offense, and a red zone threat. It will be interesting to watch him with Cousins, as he had tendencies to go to tight ends often in the red zone.

Pos Name Number Rating Ranking Depth Height Weight Age Birthday Exp. Drafted Draft Round Draft Pick College
QB Kirk Cousins Kirk Cousins K. Cousins 8
83
#14 QB 1 6'3" 214 30 8/19/88 8 2012 4 102 Michigan State
QB Kyle Sloter Kyle Sloter K. Sloter 1
64
#79 QB 2 6'5" 211 25 2/7/94 3 2017 Northern Colorado
QB Wes Lunt Wes Lunt W. Lunt 3
65
#74 QB 6'4" 222 25 10/7/93 1 2017 Illinois
QB Sean Mannion Sean Mannion S. Mannion 14
63
#82 QB 6'6" 229 23 3/21/96 5 2015 3 89 Oregon State
RB Dalvin Cook Dalvin Cook D. Cook 33
87
#16 RB 1 5'10" 210 23 8/10/95 3 2017 2 41 Florida State
RB Mike Boone Mike Boone M. Boone 44
65
#114 RB 2 5'9" 206 23 6/30/95 2 2018
RB Ameer Abdullah Ameer Abdullah A. Abdullah 31
81
#35 RB 4 5'9" 205 25 6/13/93 5 2015 2 54 Nebraska
RB CJ Ham CJ Ham C. Ham 30
63
#119 RB 5 6'1" 240 25 7/22/93 3 2016 Augustana-SD
RB Kamryn Pettway Kamryn Pettway K. Pettway 36
67
6'0" 233 1 2018
OT Riley Reiff Riley Reiff R. Reiff 71
75
#44 OT 1 6'6" 311 30 12/1/88 8 2012 1 23 Iowa
OT Brian O'Neill Brian O'Neill B. O'Neill 75
66
#105 OT 1 6'7" 297 23 9/15/95 2 2018 2 62 Pittsburgh
OT Rashod Hill Rashod Hill R. Hill 69
65
#110 OT 2 6'6" 309 27 1/12/92 4 2016 Southern Mississippi
ILB Eric Kendricks Eric Kendricks E. Kendricks 54
78
#26 ILB 1 6'0" 232 25 6/15/93 5 2015 2 45 UCLA
ILB Eric Wilson Eric Wilson E. Wilson 50
62
#132 ILB 2 6'1" 225 24 9/26/94 3 2017 Cincinnati
OLB Anthony Barr Anthony Barr A. Barr 55
85
#16 OLB 1 6'5" 255 27 3/18/92 6 2014 1 9 UCLA
OLB Ben Gedeon Ben Gedeon B. Gedeon 42
78
#33 OLB 1 6'2" 243 24 10/16/94 3 2017 4 120 Michigan
OLB Kentrell Brothers Kentrell Brothers K. Brothers 40
64
#117 OLB 2 6'0" 245 26 11/30/92 4 2016 5 160 Missouri
OLB Devante Downs Devante Downs D. Downs 57
68
#63 OLB 2 6'3" 243 23 10/18/95 2 2018 7 225
OLB Hercules Mata'afa Hercules Mata'afa H. Mata'afa 51
65
#117 OLB 3 6'2" 254 23 9/18/95 1 2018
SS Anthony Harris Anthony Harris A. Harris 41
73
#42 SS 1 6'1" 183 27 10/9/91 5 2015 Virginia
SS Jayron Kearse Jayron Kearse J. Kearse 27
62
#70 SS 2 6'4" 216 25 2/11/94 4 2016 7 244 Clemson
SS Jordan Martin Jordan Martin J. Martin 2
3 6'0" 185 0 2019 Syracuse
FS Harrison Smith Harrison Smith H. Smith 22
95
#1 FS 1 6'2" 214 30 2/2/89 8 2012 1 29 Notre Dame
FS Derron Smith Derron Smith D. Smith 36
67
#65 FS 2 5'11" 200 28 1/4/91 4 2015 6 197 Fresno State
LS Kevin McDermott Kevin McDermott K. McDermott 47
65
#16 LS 6'4" 234 29 1/12/90 7 2013 UCLA
LS Nick Dooley Nick Dooley N. Dooley 0
69
#4 LS 6'8" 311 1 2018 UTEP
C Pat Elflein Pat Elflein P. Elflein 65
77
#18 C 1 6'3" 303 24 7/6/94 3 2017 3 70 Ohio State
C Brett Jones Brett Jones B. Jones 61
65
#58 C 3 6'2" 315 27 7/29/91 4 2015 Regina (Canada)
DT Shamar Stephen Shamar Stephen S. Stephen 98
63
#80 DT 1 6'5" 309 28 2/25/91 6 2014 7 220 Connecticut
DT Jalyn Holmes Jalyn Holmes J. Holmes 92
67
#62 DT 2 6'5" 283 23 1/25/96 2 2018 4 102
WR Laquon Treadwell Laquon Treadwell L. Treadwell 11
71
#123 WR 1 6'2" 221 23 6/14/95 4 2016 1 23 Mississippi
WR Stefon Diggs Stefon Diggs S. Diggs 14
88
#16 WR 1 6'0" 195 25 11/29/93 5 2015 5 146 Maryland
WR Adam Thielen Adam Thielen A. Thielen 19
90
#10 WR 1 6'3" 200 28 8/22/90 6 2013 Minnesota State - Mankato
WR Brandon Zylstra Brandon Zylstra B. Zylstra 15
65
#174 WR 2 6'2" 215 26 3/25/93 2 2018 Concordia-Moorhead, MN
WR Armanti Foreman Armanti Foreman A. Foreman 3
65
5'11" 209 1 2018 Texas
WR Chad Beebe Chad Beebe C. Beebe 12
66
#300 WR 5'9" 185 24 6/1/94 2 2018
WR Jordan Taylor Jordan Taylor J. Taylor 87
66
#309 WR 6'4" 204 27 2/18/92 3 2015 Rice
TE Kyle Rudolph Kyle Rudolph K. Rudolph 82
87
#8 TE 1 6'6" 258 29 11/9/89 9 2011 2 43 Notre Dame
TE Tyler Conklin Tyler Conklin T. Conklin 83
67
#82 TE 2 6'3" 254 23 7/30/95 2 2018 5 157
TE David Morgan David Morgan D. Morgan 89
72
#58 TE 3 6'4" 262 25 5/19/93 4 2016 6 188 Texas-San Antonio
DE Everson Griffen Everson Griffen E. Griffen 97
91
#5 DE 1 6'3" 273 31 12/22/87 10 2010 4 100 USC
DE Danielle Hunter Danielle Hunter D. Hunter 99
85
#24 DE 1 6'5" 252 25 6/15/93 5 2015 3 88 LSU
DE Stephen Weatherly Stephen Weatherly S. Weatherly 91
66
#136 DE 2 6'4" 267 25 3/19/94 4 2016 7 227 Vanderbilt
DE Tashawn Bower Tashawn Bower T. Bower 90
64
#147 DE 2 6'4" 250 24 2/18/95 3 2017 LSU
DE Ade Aruna Ade Aruna A. Aruna 61
67
#83 DE 3 6'5" 262 24 4/27/94 1 2018 6 218
DE Karter Schult Karter Schult K. Schult 76
67
#143 DE 6'3" 263 25 12/21/93 1 2017 Northern Iowa
CB Xavier Rhodes Xavier Rhodes X. Rhodes 29
93
#4 CB 1 6'1" 210 28 6/19/90 7 2013 1 25 Florida State
CB Mackensie Alexander Mackensie Alexander M. Alexander 20
72
#103 CB 1 5'10" 190 25 11/12/93 4 2016 2 54 Clemson
CB Trae Waynes Trae Waynes T. Waynes 26
82
#36 CB 1 6'0" 186 26 7/25/92 5 2015 1 11 Michigan State
CB Mike Hughes Mike Hughes M. Hughes 21
73
#126 CB 2 5'10" 189 22 2/11/97 2 2018 1 30 UCF
CB Duke Thomas Duke Thomas D. Thomas 26
66
#214 CB 2 5'10" 177 24 5/21/94 2 2016 Texas
CB Holton Hill Holton Hill H. Hill 24
67
#149 CB 2 6'2" 196 22 3/28/97 2 2018
CB Craig James Craig James C. James 36
69
#121 CB 5'10" 193 22 4/29/96 1 2018
NT Linval Joseph Linval Joseph L. Joseph 98
91
#3 NT 1 6'4" 323 30 10/10/88 10 2010 2 46 East Carolina
NT Jaleel Johnson Jaleel Johnson J. Johnson 94
70
#24 NT 2 6'3" 309 24 7/12/94 3 2017 4 109 Iowa
G Josh Kline Josh Kline J. Kline 64
79
#29 G 1 6'3" 310 29 10/29/89 7 2013 Kent State
G Aviante Collins Aviante Collins A. Collins 76
64
#203 G 1 6'4" 295 26 4/21/93 3 2017 TCU
G Danny Isidora Danny Isidora D. Isidora 63
70
#62 G 2 6'3" 311 24 6/5/94 3 2017 5 180 Miami
G Dakota Dozier Dakota Dozier D. Dozier 70
71
#57 G 2 6'4" 313 27 4/30/91 6 2014 4 137 Furman
K Matt Wile Matt Wile M. Wile 6
72
#30 K 1 6'2" 219 26 6/20/92 3 2015 Michigan
K Dan Bailey Dan Bailey D. Bailey 5
78
#19 K 1 6'0" 189 31 1/26/88 8 2011 Oklahoma State

Roster Moves to Make the Super Bowl

The Minnesota Vikings were on the cusp of another Super Bowl appearance this past postseason, only to find themselves routed by the eventual champions, the Philadelphia Eagles. However, the Vikings ranked among the best defenses in the league, and during the offseason, they made a number of big moves. That included an expensive move where they added a new veteran quarterback to the roster to call plays on the field. They also added a new offensive coordinator, upgraded at least one defensive position and secured several others. They'll still have some questions, though.

Head coach Mike Zimmer has a lot to work with this season. The biggest free agency move came as the team signed former Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins in the offseason. Cousins brings in veteran experience but some fans and analysts wonder if the Vikings needed to make the change so quickly. He will also be on a team with an issue-plagued offensive line. The O-Line has seen Mike Remmers and Pat Elflein go down with injuries, while Nick Easton was away from training camp for an undisclosed reason. That has meant Cousins has had to adjust to the changing personnel early on, but it's nothing he hasn't experienced with the Redskins last season. The Vikings also brought in a new offensive coordinator, former Eagles QB coach John DeFilippo. If Cousins and others can pick things up quickly with the new system, he should be a good fit in Minnesota, but time will tell.

In addition to Cousins throwing for the team, they'll have another key member of their offense back with Dalvin Cook. He went down last season with a torn ACL but is looking to get reps in the preseason and show more of what he's capable of this coming season. Cook had only 74 attempts last season and rushed for 354 yards with two touchdowns. In terms of the receiving corps, Cousins will have Pro Bowler Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, and tight end Kyle Rudolph as primary targets. Diggs was the hero in Minnesota's final play win against the New Orleans Saints in last year's playoffs. They'll be hoping for more of the same from him and the rest of the receivers in 2018-19. Laquon Treadwell has also been getting receptions during training camp.

One of the new things that DeFilippo may install for the Vikings' offense is using a lot of pre-snap motions and shifts. During training camp walk-through practices, there had been a lot of broken huddles and hustling to the line of scrimmage. This new style could help Cousins and company to challenge defenses often this coming season. The Minnesota defense is still among the most intimidating in the league and a strong pick for fantasy football owners. In 2017, they were at the top of the NFL in terms of points allowed and total yards allowed on defense. They also upgraded at the defensive tackle position by acquiring former Pro Bowl representative Sheldon Richardson for a one-year deal. He'll be ahead of rookie Jalyn Holmes on the depth chart, for now, with Holmes considered an understudy.

The team has three other Pro Bowl defenders as well. Defensive end Everyone Griffen and linebacker Anthony Barr, along with cornerback Xavier Rhodes will all be back for one of the NFL's elite defenses. The team also rewarded middle linebacker Eric Kendricks this offseason as well, so he should be a solid fixture for the defense. Rookies Garret Dooley and Devante Downs could also make the roster, due to Kentrell Brothers' four-week suspension. At the strongside linebacker position, Anthony Barr will be trying to show Minnesota he deserves a long-term contract this coming season. There have been some trade rumors involving Barr already, so it will be something to watch unfold. Fellow linebacker Eric Wilson could be called upon to fill in at different spots on the roster.

One thing the defensive line may establish is a solid rotation to provide players with rest during games. This could keep that defensive engine running strong for Minnesota throughout the 2018-19 NFL season. In terms of special teams, the kicker position was up for grabs during the summer's practices. Battling it out for the spot was veteran Kai Forbath and Daniel Carlson. The team may also be looking to Mike Hughes to act as both a punt and kick returner this season, depending on his performances this summer. Veteran Marcus Sherels will also be looking to prove he is deserving.

With that said, Minnesota had an amazing season last year despite numerous injuries and expectations are high once again this season. The offensive line injuries may continue to hurt them. However, the addition of Kirk Cousins and second-year back Cook returning could provide serious offensive firepower. There's no question this is one of the best defensive teams in the league. The Vikings and their fans will be hoping for fewer injuries and strong performances on the other side of the ball.