MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Minnesota Vikings have released their first preseason depth chart, and there are a couple of surprise starters on the list.
While most of the depth chart is predictable, a couple of the standouts include Trae Waynes starting across Xavier Rhodes at cornerback and Dalvin Cook being named the No. 1 running back.
Waynes, the Vikings’ top 2015 draft pick, has struggled to pass 38-year-old Terence Newman for the starting gig since coming into the league.
Cook, the Vikings’ top pick this year, sits ahead of Jerick McKinnon as the heir apparent to Adrian Peterson, now with the New Orleans Saints. Latavius Murray, the Vikings’ free agent signee who is expected to compete with Cook as starter, is recovering from ankle surgery.
The least surprising part of the chart, outside of Sam Bradford and Stefon Diggs being the No. 1s at their position: Marcus Sherels still has a firm grasp on the punt returner position. Every year Sherels’ demise is predicted, and every year he proves he’s the Vikings’ best option. According to this first depth chart, Sherels is also set to return kickoffs this year.
Now, this depth chart will surely change as we see preseason performances and injuries, but it’s a good measure of where the Vikings are at right now.
Here’s the full depth chart:
Emmanuel Lamur / Edmond Robinson
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