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2019 Roster Predictions: Offense Edition

By: Tanishka Mhaskar
August 30th, 2019
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The Minnesota Vikings have finished the preseason, thankfully without any major injuries. Now the Vikings have to narrow 90 men to 53. 

This is my first offensive 53 man roster projection, so be sure to comment below and let me know where you agree or disagree!

Quarterbacks (3):

1) Kirk Cousins
2) Sean Mannion
3) Kyle Sloter

Practice Squad: Jake Browning

This is pretty self explanatory. Head Coach Mike Zimmer prefers having three quarterbacks on the roster. Cousins signed a big money deal last offseason, Coach Zimmer likes Mannion for his experience, and Sloter is Mr. Preseason--also a good developmental piece. Browning is a QB that the Vikings picked up as a UDFA out of Washington and we've seen him play once this preseason, vs. the Saints. 

Running Backs/Full Backs (5):

1) Dalvin Cook
2) Alexander Mattison 
3) Mike Boone
4) C.J. Ham
5) Khari Blasingame

CUT: Ameer Abdullah, De'Angelo Henderson 

Cook is back and healthier than ever, so the Vikings will likely be relying on him to be the workhorse. Behind him, the Vikings third round pick out of Boise State, is Alexander Mattison. This preseason, Mike Boone has especially impressed as he currently leads all RBs in scrimmage yards. He put up 136 total yards and a touchdown on 25 carries. He's been simply explosive. 

One thing to notice about this new look Vikings offense is that there have been many two back sets in the backfield. With both C.J. Ham and Khari Blasingame playing well, it's going to come down to the wire. I would not be surprised if we kept them both. 

Wide Receivers (5):

1) Adam Thielen
2) Stefon Diggs
3) Chad Beebe
4) Olabisi Johnson
5) Brandon Zylstra

PS: Jeff Badet
CUT/TRADED: Jordan Taylor, Dillon Mitchell, Alexander Hollins, Laquon Treadwell, Davion Davis

Thielen and Diggs were the best duo in the league last season but the question was, "Who's after them?" Well, the Vikings might have just found the answer in Chad Beebe, son of the legendary Don Beebe. Behind Beebe, Olabisi Johnson has done well this preseason. There arguably wasn't enough hype for him during the draft. Finally, Brandon Zylstra was stellar vs Seattle last week. After a long injury recovery, Zylstra seems to be gaining back some of his explosive abilities.

Badet has speed and could be used as a deep threat if he develops more. Finally, the Vikings will likely be looking to trade Laquon Treadwell after Zimmer talked about how they were trying to showcase him--essentially as a tryout for other teams.

Tight Ends (3): 

1) Kyle Rudolph
2) Irv Smith Jr.
3) Tyler Conklin
4) David Morgan (PUP)

PS: Cole Hikutini
CUT: Brandon Dillon

The Vikings arguably have one of the deepest tight end groups in the league. Rudolph just inked in a deal to keep him in Minnesota for four more seasons. Second round pick Irv Smith Jr. should be used for mismatches and even has the occasional third wide receiver. Behind them, Tyler Conklin has played well ever since Stefanski became interim OC and he's simply got better this offseason. Finally, David Morgan has basically missed this entire offseason rehabbing injury, so it will be interesting to see when he starts practicing. As one of the most solid blocking TEs in the league, I doubt we cut him.

Offensive Tackles (4):

1) Riley Reiff
2) Brian O'Neill
3) Rashod Hill
4) Dakota Dozier 

PS: Storm Norton, Oli Udoh
CUT: Aviante Collins, Nate Wozniak

The starting bookends are set and it's a nice pair. Behind them, Rashod Hill is serviceable if anyone happens to go down. Dakota Dozier is a surprise for most as he's played well enough to earn second team LT reps. 

The man with the most Vikings name, Storm Norton and Oli Udoh, the sixth round pick out of Elon have done enough to guarantee spots on the PS, and they should be a nice project for OL Coach Rick Dennison.

Aviante Collins has frustrated most fans with his injury bug and due to the other tackles playing well in his absence, I would not be surprised to see him as a surprise cut.

Interior Linemen (5): 

1) Pat Efllein
2) Garrett Bradbury
3) Josh Kline
4) Brett Jones
5) Dru Samia

PS: Danny Isadora
CUT: Cornelius Edison, John Keenoy

The interior line is all changed up from last season, and for better. The Viking also have considerably better depth here by spending two of their draft picks on linemen. With the new Kubiak/Stefanski system, the offense as a whole should be better.

And that's the entire offense! Let me know what you think, and I'll be sure to update this after the preseason! SKOL