A look at the Vikings’ official depth chart, top to bottom

From Alexander to Woods, checking in on the opening roster for Minnesota.

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter (99) pressures Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) during the first quarter Sunday, Dec. 15, at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. Robert Hanashiro / USA TODAY Sports

After months of speculation, the Vikings dropped their official depth chart on Tuesday afternoon.

Though coach Mike Zimmer refused to tip his hand over the past couple of weeks, there were very few surprises as most of the position battles started to crystalize toward the end of training camp.

Here’s a look at the official depth chart from top to bottom:



Starter: Kirk Cousins


Backup: Kellen Mond

Running Back

Starter: Dalvin Cook

Backup: Alexander Mattison


Starter: C.J. Ham

Backup: N/A



Starters: Adam Thielen, Justin Jefferson

Backups (in order): K.J. Osborn, Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Dede Westbrook

Tight end

Starter: Tyler Conklin

Backups (in order): Brandon Dillon, Chris Herndon, Ben Ellefson

Left tackle

Starter: Rashod Hill

Backup: Christian Darrisaw


Left guard

Starter: Ezra Cleveland

Backup: N/A


Starter: Garrett Bradbury

Backup: Mason Cole

Right guard

Starter Oli Udoh


Backup: Wyatt Davis

Right tackle

Starter: Brian O'Neill

Backup: Blake Brandel

Analysis: There isn’t much that stands out about the depth chart on the offensive side of the ball. The skill position players will be led by Cook, Thielen and Jefferson. The starting offensive line has been set in stone for much of the preseason. The only thing that likely will change in the coming weeks is Herndon moving up the depth chart. He still hasn’t practiced with the team after being acquired from the New York Jets last week. As for the No. 3 receiver spot, while Osborn is listed ahead of Smith-Marsette and Westbrook, it seems like a good bet that the trio will split reps.


Left end

Starter: Danielle Hunter

Backup: Stephen Weatherly


Nose tackle

Starter: Michael Pierce

Backups (in order): Armon Watts, James Lynch

Defensive tackle

Starter: Dalvin Tomlinson

Backup: Sheldon Richardson

Right end

Starter: D.J. Wonnum


Backups (in order): Everson Griffen, Patrick Jones II

Strong side linebacker

Starter: Anthony Barr

Backups (in order): Blake Lynch, Ryan Connelly

Middle linebacker

Starter: Eric Kendricks

Backup: Troy Dye

Weak side linebacker

Starter: Nick Vigil

Backup: Chazz Surratt


Starters: Patrick Peterson, Bashaud Breeland

Backups: Harrison Hand, Cameron Dantzler


Starter: Mackensie Alexander

Backup: Kris Boyd


Starters: Harrison Smith, Xavier Woods

Backups: Josh Metellus, Camryn Bynum

Analysis: The position battle between Wonnum, Weatherly and the recently re-signed Griffen for starting spot opposite Hunter was the talk of training camp. But Wonnum slowly started to separate himself, and that is reflected on the official depth chart. There aren’t many things to write home about after that as most of the starting positions seemed to be finalized a few weeks ago. It will be interesting to see how the veteran duo of Peterson and Breeland performs at cornerback. It’s no secret that Zimmer was displeased with the play from his cornerbacks last season.

Special teams


Starter: Greg Joseph

Backup: N/A


Starter: Jordan Berry

Backup: N/A

Long snapper

Starter: Andrew DePaola

Backup: N/A

Kick returner

Starter: Smith-Marsette

Backup: Osborn

Punt returner

Starter: Osborn

Backups (in order): Westbrook, Smith-Marsette

Analysis: The only question mark for special teams was which players the Vikings would settle on as the starting kick returner and punt returner. That appears to be Smith-Marsette and Osborn, respectively. The rest of the specialists were easy to predict considering they are the only players on the team at their position.

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