Minnesota Vikings Depth Chart Released – Week 1 vs Tampa Bay

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The Minnesota Vikings will play their first game of the 2023 season on Sunday (Noon) at US Bank Stadium vs the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. On Tuesday, the team released its first official depth chart of the season, leading up to week 1.

Minnesota Vikings Depth Chart (Wk 1) – Offense

Minnesota Vikings depth chart 2023 offense
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The Vikings return 8 of 11 starters on offense, led by (QB) Kirk Cousins, (WR) Justin Jefferson and newly extended (TE) TJ Hockenson. There really aren’t any surprises, on the offensive side of the football. TJ seems to have fully recovered from the “ear and back problems” that plagued him throughout training camp and preseason contract negotiations.

Jordan Addison isn’t labeled as a starter but I’d expect him to get most of the run, when the Vikings put three wide receivers on the field. It is interesting, however, that Addison and 2nd year receiver, Jalen Nailor were both listed as backups, while Brandon Powell was listed a notch below them.

PosStarter(s)Backups
QBKirk CousinsNick Mullens
Jaren Hall
RBAlexander MattisonTy Chandler
Myles Gaskin
FBCJ Ham
WRJustin Jefferson
KJ Osborn
Jordan Addison
Jalen Nailor
Brandon Powell*
TETJ HockensonJosh Oliver
Johnny Mundt
Nick Muse
LTChristian DarrisawDavid Quessenberry
RTBrian O’NeillOli Udoh
LGEzra Cleveland
RGEd IngramBlake Brandel
CGarrett BradburyAustin Schlottmann
*Depth (3rd String) // —- Inactive on game day

Minnesota Vikings Depth Chart (Wk 1) – Defense

minnesota vikings depth chart 2023 defense
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There aren’t as many returning starters on defense, but the Vikings still return over half of their number one depth chart offense from 2022. Patrick Peterson has been replaced by Byron Murphy Jr, who will move inside when Minnesota goes to their nickel package.

Brian Asamoah Jr replaces Eric Kendricks, at inside linebacker. It’s not surprising to see him listed as a starter but questions were raised after he spent much of the preseason nursing injuries. Many thought Ivan Pace Jr would take Asamoah’s starting job. Instead, he’s the 4th linebacker listed, though he and Troy Dye are both listed as backups, not depth pieces.

One other surprise comes from the interior of the defensive line. Many thought Khyiris Tonga would man the middle of Brian Flores’ base 3-4 defense. Instead, Harrison Phillips will move inside to nose tackle. Jonathan Bullard and Dean Lowry will start at the defensive end positions.

PosStarter(s)Backups
DEJonathan Bullard
Dean Lowry
Jaquelin Roy
NTHarrison PhillipsKhyiris Tonga
OLBMarcus Davenport
Danielle Hunter
Pat Jones II
DJ Wonnum
Andre Carter*
LBBrian Asamoah II
Jordan Hicks
Troy Dye
Ivan Pace Jr
CBAkayleb Evans
Byron Murphy Jr
Andrew Booth Jr
Mekhi Blackmon
Najee Thompson*
SCamryn Bynum
Harrison Smith
Lewis Cine
Josh Metellus
Theo Jackson*
Jay Ward*
*Depth (3rd String) // —- Inactive on game day

Minnesota Vikings Depth Chart (Wk 1) – Special Teams

minnesota vikings depth chart special teams 2023
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The Vikings return all three specialists from last season, including (K) Greg Joseph, (P) Ryan Wright and (LS) Andrew DePaola. The mystery on who will return punts and kicks is also over. Ty Chandler gets the starting job as kick returner and veteran Brandon Powell will return punts.

PosStarter(s)Backups
KGreg Joseph
PRyan Wright
LSAndrew DePaola
KRTy ChandlerBrandon Powell
PRBrandon Powell
*Depth (3rd String) // —- Inactive on game day

A win in week one would go a long way toward success in the 2023 season. Tampa is expected to be one of the worst teams in the NFL this year and the Viking schedule gets much more difficult after week one, including games against predicted playoff contenders the Eagles, Chargers and Chiefs in the first five weeks.

The Minnesota Vikings vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be broadcast on FOX-TV (Get 7-Day Free Fubo Subscription) and KFAN (Radio).

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