The Vikings first depth chart of the 2013 season, released yesterday at Vikings.com, features few surprises and is pretty much what most expected.
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Here are the inactives for today’s matchup in Seattle:
VIKINGS: QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson, WR Stephen Burton, WR Jarius Wright, LB Audie Cole, OL Mark Asper, TE John Carlson, and S Mistral Raymond.
SEAHAWKS: WR Braylon Edwards, S Winston Guy, CB Byron Maxwell, OL Mike Person, G James Carpenter, DT Jason Jones, and DT Jaye Howard.
The Vikings have decided to go with only four wide recievers in Seattle, activating newly signed tight end Allen Reisner over either Burton or Wright, which could easily come back to bite them. Reisner is apparently needed because former Seahawk John Carlson has been unable to make his return after suffering a concussion.
Raymond, who some speculated might play today, will have to wait at least another week to unseat Jamarca Sanford as a starting safety.
Stephen Burton was a late round flier that the Vikings took last year, and he didn’t get a whole lot of chances to prove himself in the post-lockout arena.
However, Burton may be benefiting from a full offseason and could be an interesting guy to keep an eye on as the preseason progresses. According to Mike Wobschall of Vikings.com, Burton is making an impression during OTA’s and Leslie Frazier has noticed his progress.
“You can see the confidence and that’s a big thing for a receiver, big thing for any young player,” Frazier said. “He has tremendous athletic ability and he is one of those guys who can jump out of the gym and make the acrobatic catch, but his confidence, that’s the one thing that you can see is coming through now.”
Burton is 6’ 1” and weighs 224 pounds, so he has the size and athleticism to be a solid option at wide out, but Wobschall also indicates that Burton will get a chance to prove himself as a return man.
We don’t have the same video evidence as we do with Jerome Simpson (click here), but I can’t help but get a little giddy every time I hear about a young guy progressing… because that is what this offseason is all about.
I had Burton sticking to the 53 man roster in my early projections.