Vikings Offensive Roster Projection | Pre-Training Camp 2024

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The Minnesota Vikings added over 40 new players since March from free agency, the draft, and undrafted free agency.

Vikings Offensive Roster Projection | Pre-Training Camp 2024

About 20 men left the club via free agency or remain available on the open market, headlined by quarterback Kirk Cousins to the Atlanta Falcons and outside linebacker Danielle Hunter to the Houston Texans.

Minnesota has 70 days until the regular season, so a lot will change in July and August. Here’s a look at how the Vikings’ offense might shake out.

Note: Many ‘projected to miss 53-man roster’ players could hit the practice squad.


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QB1: Sam Darnold
QB2: J.J. McCarthy
QB3: Nick Mullens

Projected to Miss 53-man Roster:
Jaren Hall

Hall is the only surprise here, and he’ll hit the practice squad. Darnold snags QB1 until McCarthy is ready. The only debate at this roster spot is whether Mullens or Hall is the odd man out. We predict Hall.

Running Back

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RB1: Aaron Jones
RB2: Ty Chandler
RB3: Kene Nwangwu

Projected to Miss 53-man Roster:
DeWayne McBride, Myles Gaskin

We expect one more tailback to join the group by September, perhaps Cam Akers from free agency. Until then, the RB outcome is somewhat predictable.


Offensive Roster Projection
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FB1: C.J. Ham

Projected to Miss 53-man Roster:

It’s time to stop forecasting Ham as a surprise roster cut. It never happens. His contract was extended last summer. He should be safe.

Wide Receiver

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WR1: Justin Jefferson
WR2: Jordan Addison
WR3: Brandon Powell
WR4: Jalen Nailor
WR5: Trent Sherfield

Projected to Miss 53-man Roster:
Trishton Jackson, Lucky Jackson, Thayer Thomas, Malik Knowles, Ty James, Jeshaun Jones

Minnesota could keep a sixth wideout, so choose your fighter via the undrafted guys after Sherfield at WR5.

Tight End

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TE1: T.J. Hockenson (PUP)
TE2: Josh Oliver
TE3: Johnny Mundt
TE4: Robert Tonyan

Projected to Miss 53-man Roster:
Nick Muse, N’Keal Harry, Trey Knox, Sammis Reyes

An unusually crowded roster spot, the competition is thick because Hockenson will probably miss a month or two out of the gate. Minnesota is high on Tonyan, so remember him when Week 1 rolls around. Muse and Knox may reach the PS.

Left Tackle

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LT1: Christian Darrisaw
LT2: Walter Rouse

Projected to Miss 53-man Roster:
Doug Nester

Darrisaw and Rouse make the cut. Nester — not so much.

Right Tackle

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RT1: Brian O’Neill
RT2: David Quessenberry

Projected to Miss 53-man Roster:
Spencer Rolland

No mysteries here. O’Neill is a shoo-in, and Quessenberry played wonderfully as a backup tackle in 2023, particularly in a game at the Atlanta Falcons.


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C1: Garrett Bradbury
C2: Dan Feeney
C2: Michael Jurgens

Projected to Miss 53-man Roster:

We picked Feeney to make the 53-man roster because he can play guard, if necessary. It’s up to you to put Feeney at center or below at right guard for depth.

Left Guard

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LG1: Blake Brandel
LG2: Dalton Risner

Projected to Miss 53-man Roster:
Henry Byrd

Some believe Risner may regain his starting LG job, but money talks, and Brandel re-signed for three years and $9.5 million this offseason. Risner checked in at one year and $2.4 million.

Right Guard

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RG1: Ed Ingram

Projected to Miss 53-man Roster:
Tyrese Robinson, Jeremy Flax

Brandel could win this job if Risner earns the LG spot, but for now, put us down for Ingram retaining his gig with Brandel at LG. Dan Feeney could fill it as RG in a pinch.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Basset Hounds, and The Doors (the band).

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