Vikings release first depth chart

MANKATO, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings released their first official depth chart on Tuesday afternoon, and while it's probably a futile exercise to read too much into the list -- considering how much disdain Mike Zimmer has expressed for preseason depth charts -- we'll take a quick stab at it anyway.

The Vikings have Cordarrelle Patterson listed ahead of Jarius Wright at one receiver spot -- which seems like an odd ranking, considering Wright is ahead of Patterson in the Vikings' three-receiver set. Adam Thielen is slated ahead of Stefon Diggs, and behind Charles Johnson, at the other receiver spot, and on defense, the Vikings have Audie Cole ahead of Eric Kendricks at middle linebacker.

Robert Blanton is still listed as the starting safety next to Harrison Smith, while Justin Trattou is a second-string defensive end ahead of rookie Danielle Hunter. The Vikings have typically been cautious about anointing their rookies too early, and their initial depth chart reflects that. Things could -- and probably will -- change significantly by the end of the preseason, but here's the first depth chart, in all its glory:


Teddy Bridgewater

Shaun Hill

Taylor Heinicke

Mike Kafka

Running back

Adrian Peterson

Jerick McKinnon

Matt Asiata

Joe Banyard

Dominique Williams

DuJuan Harris


Zach Line

Blake Renaud

Receiver 1

Mike Wallace

Cordarrelle Patterson

Jarius Wright

Isaac Fruechte

Jordan Leslie

Gavin Lutman

Receiver 2

Charles Johnson

Adam Thielen

Stefon Diggs

Donte Foster

DaVaris Daniels

Ryan Whalen

Tight end

Kyle Rudolph

Rhett Ellison

MyCole Pruitt

Chase Ford

Brandon Bostick

Left tackle

Matt Kalil

Carter Bykowski

Babatunde Aiyegbusi

Left guard

Brandon Fusco

David Yankey

Zac Kerin

Bob Vardaro


John Sullivan

Joe Berger

Tom Farniok

Right guard

Mike Harris

Tyrus Thompson

Isame Faciane

Right tackle

Phil Loadholt

TJ Clemmings

Austin Shepherd


Left end

Brian Robison

Scott Crichton

Caesar Rayford

Leon Mackey

Defensive tackle

Sharrif Floyd

Tom Johnson

BJ Dubose

Chrishon Rose

Nose tackle

Linval Joseph

Shamar Stephen

Chigbo Anunoby

Right end

Everson Griffen

Justin Trattou

Danielle Hunter

Weakside linebacker

Chad Greenway

Brandon Watts

Brian Peters

Middle linebacker

Audie Cole

Eric Kendricks

Mike Mauti

Strongside linebacker

Anthony Barr

Gerald Hodges

Edmond Robinson

Josh Kaddu

Left cornerback

Terence Newman

Trae Waynes

DeMarcus Van Dyke

Justin Coleman

Josh Thomas

Right cornerback

Xavier Rhodes

Captain Munnerlyn

Jabari Price

Jalil Carter

Marcus Sherels

Strong safety

Robert Blanton

Andrew Sendejo

Anthony Harris

Free safety

Harrison Smith

Antone Exum Jr.

Shaun Prater



Jeff Locke


Blair Walsh

Long snapper

Cullen Loeffler

Kevin McDermott


Jeff Locke

Kick returner

Cordarrelle Patterson

Marcus Sherels

Punt returner

Marcus Sherels

Jarius Wright