Vikings Depth Chart Ahead of Week 2 at Cardinals

Oct 14, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) during the third quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings are 3.5-point underdogs at the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday in Week 2 of the 2021 NFL season.

Seeking to avoid an 0-2 season hole, Minnesota must upset the Cardinals, a team that just spanked the Tennessee Titans on the road in Week 1.

Of note on the depth chart, the Vikings continue to list Kellen Mond as QB2, but Sean Mannion is considered by most to be the actual QB2.

Also, here is the injury report — no Barr, Darrisaw, Hand, or Griffen.

And last week just before the Bengals loss, Minnesota deactivated these players: Kellen Mond (QB), Cameron Dantzler (CB), Anthony Barr (LB), Christian Darrisaw (LT), Ben Ellefson (TE), James Lynch (DT), Patrick Jones II (DE). With Griffen and Hand as the “extra” men injured this week, one or two of those players will likely avoid deactivation.

Here’s the depth chart for Week 2:



QB1: Kirk Cousins
QB2: Kellen Mond

** This will realistically be Mannion, though, as QB2 once again.

Running Back

RB1: Dalvin Cook
RB2: Alexander Mattison
RB3: Ameer Abdullah


FB1: C.J. Ham

Wide Receiver

WR1: Adam Thielen
WR2: Justin Jefferson
WR3: K.J. Osborn
WR4: Ihmir Smith-Marsette
WR5: Dede Westbrook

Tight End

TE1: Tyler Conklin
TE2: Chris Herndon
TE3: Ben Ellefson

Left Tackle

LT1: Rashod Hill

Right Tackle

RT1: Brian O’Neill
RT2: Blake Brandel


C1: Garrett Bradbury
C2: Mason Cole

Left Guard

LG1: Ezra Cleveland

Right Guard

RG1: Oli Udoh
RG2: Wyatt Davis


Left Defensive End

LDE1: Danielle Hunter
LDE2: Stephen Weatherly

Right Defensive End

RDE1: D.J. Wonnum
RDE2: Patrick Jones II

** DE Kenny Willekes could be activated in Griffen’s absence.

Nose Tackle

NT1: Michael Pierce
NT2: Armon Watts
NT3: James Lynch

3-Tech Defensive Tackle

3DT1: Dalvin Tomlinson
3DT2: Sheldon Richardson

Strongside Linebacker

SLB1: Blake Lynch
SLB2: Ryan Connelly

Middle Linebacker

MLB1: Eric Kendricks – QUESTIONABLE
MLB2: Troy Dye

Weakside Linebacker

WLB1: Nick Vigil
WLB2: Chazz Surratt


CB1: Patrick Peterson
CB2: Bashaud Breeland
CB3: Mackensie Alexander
CB4: Kris Boyd
CB5: Cameron Dantzler

Strong Safety

SS1: Harrison Smith
SS2 Josh Metellus
SS3: Myles Dorn

Free Safety

FS1: Xavier Woods
FS2: Camryn Bynum

Special Teams


K: Greg Joseph


P: Jordan Berry

Long Snapper

LS: Andrew DePaola

Kick Returner

KR1: Ihmir Smith-Marsette
KR2: K.J. Osborn

Punt Returner

PR1: Dede Westbrook
PR2: K.J. Osborn
PR2: Ihmir Smith-Marsette

** Update: TE Brandon Dillon was waived on Saturday. SS Myles Dorn was activated from the practice squad.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).