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Vikings Update 2023 Unofficial Depth Chart Before Week 1 Buccaneers Game

EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings on Tuesday released an updated unofficial depth chart ahead of hosting the Buccaneers in Week 1 at noon (CT) Sunday.

The Vikings offense is listed in "21 personnel" with two backs (a running back and fullback) and a tight end. That leaves two spots at receiver, along with a quarterback and the offensive line.

The Vikings defense is listed in a 3-4 base defense with two defensive ends, a nose tackle, two outside linebackers, two inside linebackers, two cornerbacks and two safeties.

Here's a look at the Vikings unofficial depth chart with starters followed by backups listed in order as they appear on the unofficial depth chart. Positions with two spots (WR, DE, OLB, LB, CB and S) have the players listed in alphabetical order by last name.

OFFENSE (25 players)


Starter: Kirk Cousins

Backups: Nick Mullens; Jaren Hall

Running backs

Starter: Alexander Mattison

Backups: Ty Chandler; Myles Gaskin


Starter: C.J. Ham

Wide receivers

Starters: Justin Jefferson and K.J. Osborn

Backups: Jordan Addison and Jalen Nailor; Brandon Powell

Tight ends

Starter: T.J. Hockenson

Backups: Josh Oliver; Johnny Mundt; Nick Muse


Starters: Christian Darrisaw (LT) and Brian O'Neill (RT)

Backups: David Quessenberry (LT) and Olisaemeka Udoh (RT)

Interior offensive linemen

Starters: Ezra Cleveland (LG), Garrett Bradbury (C) and Ed Ingram (RG)

Backups: Austin Schlottmann (C) and Blake Brandel (RG)

Roster notes: Eight of the starting 11 positions in this format were in place for Week 1 last season. The other three — running back, tight end and one of the receiver spots — feature players who were with the squad in 2022 (Mattison and Osborn from the get-go; Hockenson after his acquisition on Nov. 1). The Vikings are poised to have plenty of experience on offense and a variety of ways to try to attack opponents with different personnel groupings.

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DEFENSE (25 players)

Defensive ends

Starters: Jonathan Bullard and Dean Lowry

Backup: Jaquelin Roy

Nose tackle

Starter: Harrison Phillips

Backup: Khyiris Tonga

Outside Linebackers

Starters: Marcus Davenport and Danielle Hunter

Backups: Pat Jones II and D.J. Wonnum; Andre Carter II


Starters: Brian Asamoah II and Jordan Hicks

Backups: Troy Dye and Ivan Pace, Jr.


Starters: Akayleb Evans and Byron Murphy, Jr.

Backups: Andrew Booth, Jr., and Mekhi Blackmon; NaJee Thompson


Starters: Camryn Bynum and Harrison Smith

Backups: Lewis Cine and Josh Metellus; Theo Jackson and Jay Ward

Roster notes: The Vikings have six players who started in the 2022 opener listed among the 11 first-teamers in this base format. Lowry, Davenport and Murphy were added during free agency; Asamoah and Evans are second-year pros. Expect new Defensive Coordinator Brian Flores to be multiple with Vikings personnel, particularly on the back end, as he implements his system.



Starter: Greg Joseph


Starter: Ryan Wright

Long snapper

Starter: Andrew DePaola

Kickoff returners

Starter: Chandler

Backup: Powell

Punt returners

Starter: Powell

Roster notes: The three specialists are back for a second year of working together. Wright is coming off a strong rookie season and benefited from the veteran experience of DePaola and Joseph. Chandler will get the first opportunity to fill in at kick returner while Kene Nwangwu is on Injured Reserve. Powell had a punt return for a touchdown (for the Rams on Dec. 26, 2021) in the previous regular-season game he played at U.S. Bank Stadium.