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2014 Minnesota Vikings: First Unofficial Depth Chart Released

The Vikings have released their first unofficial depth chart before the preseason. Obviously, some things are fluid while others are obvious and there’s not much in between. As it stands:

Offensive Depth Chart
QB Matt Cassel Teddy Bridgewater Christian Ponder
HB Adrian Peterson Matt Asiata Jerick McKinnon Joe Banyard Dominique Williams
FB Jerome Felton Zach Line
WR1 Cordarrelle Patterson Adam Thielen Rodney Smith Kamar Jorden Donte Foster Andy Cruse
WR2 Greg Jennings Jerome Simpson Jarius Wright Kain Colter Erik Lora Ty Walker
WR3 Greg Jennings Jarius Wright Adam Thielen Kain Colter
TE Kyle Rudolph Rhett Ellison Chase Ford AC Leonard Mike Higgins Allen Reisner
LT Matt Kalil Antonio Richardson  Kevin Murphy
LG Charlie Johnson David Yankey  Pierce Burton
C John Sullivan Joe Berger  Zac Kerin
RG Brandon Fusco Vladimir Ducasse  Jeff Baca
RT Phil Loadholt Mike Remmers  Austin Wentworth


Defensive Depth Chart
RDE Everson Griffen Scott Crichton Justin Trattou
UT Sharrif Floyd Tom Johnson Kheeston Randall Isame Faciane
NT Linval Joseph Fred Evans Shamar Stephen Chase Baker
LDE Brian Robison Corey Wootton Jake Snyder Tyler Scott
SLB Anthony Barr Gerald Hodges Dom DeCicco
MLB Jasper Brinkley Audie Cole Mike Zimmer
WLB Chad Greenway Brandon Watts Michael Mauti Larry Dean
LCB Captain Munnerlyn Josh Robinson Marcus Sherels Julian Posey Robert Steeples
SS Robert Blanton Jamarca Sanford Mistral Raymond Chris Crocker Antone Exum
FS Harrison Smith Kurt Coleman Andrew Sendejo Brandan Bishop
RCB Xavier Rhodes Jabari Price Derek Cox Kendall James Shaun Prater
*SCB Captain Munnerlyn Jabari Price Shaun Prater

* Slot cornerback was not listed in their official depth chart, but it should be useful to include.

On offense, don’t read too much into the quarterback charts. The Seahawks didn’t release a depth chart but treated Russell Wilson as their number two and the Dolphins listed Ryan Tannehill as their second-string quarterback going into the first preseason game and they both started Week One.

The receivers are listed as “WR” instead of Split End, Flanker and Slot, but it’s clear that WR1 is the split end, WR2 is the flanker and WR3 is the slot. Players have been expected to play every position and likely will as the season progresses, but for now there are some interesting overlaps: Greg Jennings, Jarius Wright and Kain Colter are both flankers and slot players, while Adam Thielen is a slot/split end player. There does not seem to be a split end/flanker crossover, so my guess is that WR3 is being treated like I treated the SCB at the bottom of the defensive depth chart.

The first team on offense in three-receiver sets (Norv has not had four receivers on the field in the last two years, according to NFLGSIS) would probably look like this:

QB: ?
RB: Adrian Peterson
TE: Kyle Rudolph
SE: Cordarrelle Patterson
FL: Jarius Wright
SL: Greg Jennings
OL: Same

A lot of that will change, of course, and that specific set may be more uncommon than common, but in general, that may be how the snap count works out. That specific situation doesn’t imply that Jarius Wright is “ahead” of Jerome Simpson on a depth chart that simply lists the receivers all in one go—Jennings is a flanker, so kicking in would mean the next flanker on the chart is ready to go.

I do think, independent of that, that Wright may be ahead of Simpson.

McKinnon may jump ahead of Asiata soon—he’s been taking a number of snaps with the second team. As always, pass protection will be a big determining factor, and #2/#3 designations may not matter as much as situational play.

Expect Chris Crocker to move up the depth chart quickly and for the Vikings to keep more “strong safeties” from this chart into the season than “free safeties” — though the role is less interchangeable in this defense than the Vikings’ old defense, Zimmer still expects versatility out of the safeties.

The linebackers are of course extremely fluid. The nickel set may take out Barr and Brinkley and put in Hodges, though the coaches do like a Barr/Greenway combination in nickel as well. That may be situational, too. The only linebackers I haven’t seen take significant snaps with the first team are Dom DeCicco, Mike Zimmer and Larry Dean. Of those three, I would imagine Mike Zimmer is the most likely to make any leap—he has quick feet and a good reaction time and has shown that in camp.

The cornerbacks may change with Derek Cox flashing in camp, but we’ll see. Marcus Sherels has had a very good, and surprising, camp so far so may make the roster for more than his special teams play.

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  1. Disappointed to see Exum at the bottom of the depth chart so far….hopefully he figures it out.

  2. What’s interesting is to see Price so consistently so high, and to finally see Hodges show up in pass packages. If Price’s athletic practice reactions translate into game smarts, we may, for the very first time with Spielman, have a non-Rd 1 DB make it as a good player. Thus far, they had all been disappointing.

  3. with barely any success with our safeties besides harrison .. will the rookie exum get any pt .

  4. Wow… doesn’t bode well for Exum. They sign Carter and he’s dead last on the depth chart. Truthfully Carter is, talent wise at number two at FS and the top player they have at SS. He just isn’t a good long term plan. Signing Carter just says that they don’t think any of these guys are ready and they are going to develop the best guy and let the rest go.. Then Derek Cox at the number three position?? I can see Price being ahead of him on the slot.. but at right Cornerback?? I really don’t see Price being that good or Cox being that bad.

  5. Derek Cox is really behind Jabari Price? Cox had interceptions on consecutive days, what is Jabari Price to earn this ranking?

    Exum. Is he going to make the team?

  6. Gah, I hope Yankey takes Charlie Johnson’s spot before year’s end.

    I’m curious about Crichton too, hope he comes on strong this year.

      1. Coach is somewhere fishing, Freds is drinking a Colt 45…on a boat. Johnny is…bailing his sister out of jail, again.

        1. Either that, or they were all Packer fans this whole time, and were screwing with us…

  7. Offensive line sure looks thin. Hope they stay healthy. I realize a guy like Berger can play just about anywhere on the line but geez…depth seems to be lacking.