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Does the Viking's Team Depth Cut the Mustard?

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If the Vikings are going to be a perennial playoff contender they will need to develop team depth that will not take the team down if a key player is injured. Pat Kirwan posted an article which helps determine a team's depth. It all starts with a quarterback that is capable of wining games if the starter goes down. I thought it would be interesting to apply Kirwan's test to the Viking's roster.

Starting at quarterback, the Vikings have three potential starters in Cassel, Bridgewater, and Ponder. Many think the starting job will be between Cassel and Bridgewater with Ponder being a long shot. It would be debated on the merits of quality or experience but the Vikings so appear to have depth at the QB position.

This is a list of twelve questions to help ascertain a team's depth posed by Pat Kirwan:

1. Does your team have a real swing offensive tackle, a guy that can play left or right tackle and has experience?

2. Does your team have a solid inside offensive lineman that can play guard or center?

3. Is there a quality second running back that can deliver a 100-yard rushing day if he had to start?

4. Is there a good second tight end on the roster?

5. Can the third wide receiver step up and start in the two-WR packages if a starter went down?

6. Does your team have a designated pass-rush specialist who could play the early downs if need be?

7. Is there a third defensive tackle that not only plays in a rotation but could play the whole game if need be?

8. Is there a quality nickel corner on the roster, since most teams are at least 50 percent sub defenses?

9. Is there a fourth corner for dime packages?

10. Is there a third safety for big nickel defenses?

11. Is there a return specialist that can either handle both punt and kick returns or contribute as a real position player?

12. Does your team have a special teams linebacker that leads the specials and can play inside linebacker in a pinch?

You can add your comments in the posting area. It is to early to know just who will be the backups at certain spots but I will attempt to work through this and would be interested in hearing your opinion.

1. Does your team have a real swing offensive tackle, a guy that can play left or right tackle and has experience?

No, Kalil had some health issues last year and we saw his play on the field be called into question. Loadholt was signed to a long term deal and may have put together his best season yet. Fortunately the team hasn't had injury issues at these positions in the last two years. Mike Remmers (Oregon State) and Tiny Richardson (Tennessee) look to cover the left side as Murphy, Hall, Burton battle it out on the right side. If our starters go down, it will not be good.

2. Does your team have a solid inside offensive lineman that can play guard or center?

Yes, Joe Berger is a guy that can come in and do a good job and has experience. Until we can see/hear more about the younger players, he is the guy.

3. Is there a quality second running back that can deliver a 100-yard rushing day if he had to start?

No, at least not a proven running back. Asiata isn't that kind of back and we don't know what McKinnon will bring to the team if Peterson went down.

4. Is there a good second tight end on the roster?

Yes, Ford, Ellison, and Reisner are young but look able to carry the load. Enough so the Vikings didn't draft a tight end.

5. Can the third wide receiver step up and start in the two-WR packages if a starter went down?

Yes, the Vikings have been building depth at this position. If Jennings were to go down, Patterson, Wright, and Simpson could be starters at the position. Things would tail off after the top four pretty quickly. The number five spot looks to be a competition between Thielen and Smith.

6. Does your team have a designated pass-rush specialist who could play the early downs if need be?

Yes, going out on a limb here but Zimmer is going to have a pressure defense and this may be Wooton, Crichton, or Barr would be the players I think will serve in this capacity. Last year it was Griffen, but with Allen leaving there are some questions at this position.

7. Is there a third defensive tackle that not only plays in a rotation but could play the whole game if need be?

Maybe, this is where Kevin Williams would have been a good addition to the roster. Floyd should now be a starter so the team will be hurting a little here with Evans being the top backup.

8. Is there a quality nickel corner on the roster, since most teams are at least 50 percent sub defenses?

No, this position may develop but the Vikings have big question marks at the corner position.

9. Is there a fourth corner for dime packages?

Maybe, Rhodes and Munnerlyn look to be two starters and after that, it would be pure speculation. Will Robinson step into a role this year? Can Cox make the final 53 man roster cut? Prater, Exum, and Sherels will be in the discussion as the coaches sort out the corner back depth. More questions than answers here.

10. Is there a third safety for big nickel defenses?

Yes, quality might be a question here with Smith at free safety and Sanford looking to be the starter at strong safety. Blanton has some experience along with Raymond and Sendejo being in the mix and all had playing time last season.

11. Is there a return specialist that can either handle both punt and kick returns or contribute as a real position player?

Yes, Sherels could not be denied last year. Patterson could fill the role and I think their will be development in this area during training camp.

12. Does your team have a special teams linebacker that leads the specials and can play inside linebacker in a pinch?

No, not proven by any measure of the word. Brinkley, Cole and Mauti will serve in this capacity. Cole flashed a couple of times last season and this is the year Mauti needs to come along and make his mark.

As a homer fan it doesn't take long to see our roster doesn't have the depth of the Seahawks or Bengals which were the top two teams rated based on the above questions by Kirwan. Roster turnover and a new coaching staff is going to make for big changes from last year. Using this test shows us Spielman still has plenty of work to do but once the season gets going, we may just be in better shape than the depth looks like before training camp. The offense was ranked 16th in the league last season, 9th in rushing (130.1 yards/game) and 21st in passing (241.2 yards/game). The defense was ranked 26th overall, 13th against the run (110.4 yards/game) and 29th against the pass (287.2 yards/game).

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