Follow along as Zone Coverage previews all the battles for Minnesota Vikings roster spots. Just click on each position group as articles become available.
The league’s spotlight was squarely on Minnesota this offseason to see what would come of its quarterback situation. The result: A near-complete overhaul of the position. With three starting-caliber quarterbacks entering free agency, the Vikings let them all walk in search of a bigger prize — a move that will have ripple effects across the NFL for potentially the next several years.
The Vikings made the most of a two-headed running back tandem last year after rookie Dalvin Cook tore his ACL in Week 4, but with one half of that tandem departing when Jerick McKinnon went to San Francisco, Minnesota will be in search of another running back to shoulder some responsibility behind a healthy Cook and Latavius Murray.
The Vikings continue to feature one of the best receiving tandems in football with Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, but there are questions beyond that. Is this the last chance for a former first-round pick? Did the Vikings make a good Wright-for-Wright exchange? And which youngsters can fill the remaining spots?
The Vikings returned their top three tight ends from a season ago and added another in the draft in addition to a pair of prospects. Minnesota has long been searching for another offensive weapon to pair with Kyle Rudolph at tight end. Is he in this group? Let’s take a look.
The Vikings improved mightily last season as an offensive line unit, allowing the seventh-fewest sacks and blocking for the seventh-most rushing yards. With the retirement of right guard Joe Berger, many thought the Vikings would attempt to land a marquee free agent or first-round draft pick to fill the gap, but in terms of acquisitions, they settled for a journeyman swing lineman and a second-round tackle in the offseason.
A stout defense that allowed the fewest yards and points last season was once again anchored by its defensive line, which stifled the run and made life miserable for opposing quarterbacks, particularly on third down. Minnesota made one key addition in free agency, but with a bevy of young prospects on the roster, the Vikings would be wise to start grooming depth as their core begins to age.
LINEBACKERS (coming soon)
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