EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings on Wednesday released their first unofficial depth chart of 2022 ahead of visiting the Raiders in Las Vegas Sunday.
The contest between the Vikings and Raiders is scheduled for 3:25 p.m. (CT). FOX 9 and KFAN 100.3-FM will simulcast the game. NFL Network also will air the game live on national cable television.
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, after decades of Minnesota leading with a 4-3. There are two defensive ends, a nose tackle, two outside linebackers, two inside linebackers, two cornerbacks and two safeties.
View photos of the Vikings 53-man roster as of Jan. 14, 2023.
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.
Two positions — backup quarterback and a receiver spot — are listed as "OR."
OFFENSE (43 players)
Starter: Kirk Cousins
Backups: Kellen Mond OR Sean Mannion
Starter: Dalvin Cook
Backups: Alexander Mattison; Kene Nwangwu; Ty Chandler; Bryant Koback
Starter: C.J. Ham
Backup: Jake Bargas
Starters: Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson
Backups: K.J. Osborn and Ihmir Smith-Marsette; Bisi Johnson and Myron Mitchell; Trishton Jackson OR Jalen Nailor and Dan Chisena; Albert Wilson; Thomas Hennigan and Blake Proehl (Proehl is on the Active/PUP list)
Starter: Irv Smith, Jr.
Backups: Johnny Mundt; Ben Ellefson; Zach Davidson; Nick Muse; Shaun Beyer
Starters: Christian Darrisaw (LT) and Brian O'Neill (RT)
Backups: Blake Brandel (LT) and Olisaemeka Udoh (RT); Vederian Lowe (LT) and Timon Parris (RT)
Interior offensive linemen
Starters: Ezra Cleveland (LG), Garrett Bradbury (C) and Jesse Davis (RG)
Backups: Chris Reed (LG), Austin Schlottmann (C) and Ed Ingram (RG); Kyle Hinton (LG), Josh Sokol (C) and Wyatt Davis (RG)
Roster notes: Cousins and the first-team skill players have not changed from Week 1 of the 2021 season. Darrisaw was not listed with the 1s at this point a year ago, but he's cemented himself in the starting left tackle role. Cleveland and O'Neill played every offensive snap last season at their respective positions. Right guard is potentially the only new starter, with the veteran newcomer Jesse Davis currently listed ahead of Ingram, a second-round pick this spring. Irv Smith, Jr., is hoping to return by Week 1 of the regular season.
DEFENSE (43 players listed as they appear on the unofficial depth chart)
Starters: Dalvin Tomlinson and Armon Watts
Backups: Jonathan Bullard and James Lynch; Jaylen Twyman and Esezi Otomewo; Jullian Taylor
Starter: Harrison Phillips
Backups: T.J. Smith; T.Y. McGill, Jr.; Tyarise Stevenson
Starters: Danielle Hunter and Za'Darius Smith
Backups: Pat Jones II and D.J. Wonnum; Luiji Vilain and Janarius Robinson; Andre Mintze and Zach McCloud
Starters: Eric Kendricks (MLB) and Jordan Hicks (WLB)
Backups: Troy Dye (MLB) and Brian Asamoah II (WLB); Chazz Surratt (MLB) and Blake Lynch (WLB); Ryan Connelly (MLB — on Active/PUP list) and William Kwenkeu (WLB)
Starters: Patrick Peterson and Cameron Dantzler, Sr.
Backups: Chandon Sullivan and Andrew Booth, Jr.; Kris Boyd and Akayleb Evans; Parry Nickerson and Harrison Hand; Nate Hairston and Tye Smith
Starters: Harrison Smith and Camryn Bynum
Backups: Lewis Cine and Josh Metellus; Myles Dorn and Mike Brown
Roster notes: In contrast to the continuity on offense, the defense has undergone a significant overhaul in scheme and personnel. Minnesota is pivoting to a 3-4 base under new Defensive Coordinator Ed Donatell. The Vikings have five players who started the 2021 season opener listed among the 11 first-teamers on defense (Tomlinson, Hunter, Kendricks, Peterson and Harrison Smith). The Vikings have strengthened their defensive core with the additions of Phillips and Hicks among the front seven and bolstered their pass rush with the signing of Za'Darius Smith. Bynum and Dantzler have turned in some nice moments at training camp while working ahead of Minnesota's first two picks of 2022 (Cine and Booth).
View photos from the 2022 Vikings Training Camp "Monday Night Practice" on August 8 at the TCO Performance Center.
Starter: Greg Joseph
Starter: Jordan Berry
Backup: Ryan Wright
Starter: Andrew DePaola
Backup: Osborn; Chandler
Roster notes: Joseph has continued his torrid kicking during team drills at training camp. Berry joined Minnesota just before the start of the 2021 season. He is competing with the undrafted rookie, Wright. DePaola has been on-point. Nwangwu showed so much so quickly as a kickoff returner during his rookie season. The Vikings hope to get more out of the punt return game this season, potentially from Smith-Marsette or the rookie out of Michigan State.