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Minnesota Vikings Release First Depth Chart Of 2015 Season

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Going into the first preseason contest of 2015, the Minnesota Vikings have released their first depth chart of the 2015 season. There are a few interesting things to look at on the list, so let's go ahead and have a look at it.

Offense

Quarterback

Teddy Bridgewater
Shaun Hill
Taylor Heinicke
Mike Kafka

Running Back

Adrian Peterson
Jerick McKinnon
Matt Asiata
Joe Banyard
Dominique Williams
DuJuan Harris

Fullback

Zach Line
Blake Renaud

Wide Receiver 1

Mike Wallace
Cordarrelle Patterson
Jarius Wright
Isaac Fruechte
Jordan Leslie
Gavin Lutman

Wide Receiver 2

Charles Johnson
Adam Thielen
Stefon Diggs
Donte Foster
DaVaris Daniels
Ryan Whalen

Tight End

Kyle Rudolph
Rhett Ellison
MyCole Pruitt
Chase Ford
Brandon Bostick

Left Tackle

Matt Kalil
Carter Bykowski
Babatunde Aiyegbusi

Left Guard

Brandon Fusco
David Yankey
Zac Kerin
Bobby Vardaro

Center

John Sullivan
Joe Berger
Tom Farniok

Right Guard

Mike Harris
Tyrus Thompson
Isame Faciane

Right Tackle

Phil Loadholt
T.J. Clemmings
Austin Shepherd

Couple of things to look at here before we move to the defensive side.

-Taylor Heinicke is, apparently, leading the battle for the #3 quarterback spot. I'm still not sure if the team is going to keep a third quarterback at this point, but I do think that they'll lean towards the younger, "developmental" type of quarterback if they do, and Heinicke definitely fits that description better than Mike Kafka.

-After the camp that Stefon Diggs has been having thus far, I'm a little surprised to see Adam Thielen ahead of him on the depth chart. Don't know how long that's going to last, but that's where we are going into the Hall of Fame Game.

-At the highly contested right guard spot, we see Tyrus Thompson in line to get a shot if Mike Harris should get injured or falter at some point. David Yankey, on the other hand, is listed as the backup to Brandon Fusco at the left guard spot. Not sure if Yankey is going to figure into the right guard mix at all at this point, but apparently Jeff Davidson is still moving people around.

Defense

Left End

Brian Robison
Scott Crichton
Caesar Rayford
Leon Mackey

Defensive Tackle

Sharrif Floyd
Tom Johnson
B.J. Dubose
Chrishon Rose

Nose Tackle

Linval Joseph
Shamar Stephen
Chigbo Anunoby

Right End

Everson Griffen
Justin Trattou
Danielle Hunter

Weak-Side Linebacker

Chad Greenway
Brandon Watts
Brian Peters

Middle Linebacker

Audie Cole
Eric Kendricks
Michael Mauti

Strong-Side Linebacker

Anthony Barr
Gerald Hodges
Edmond Robinson
Josh Kaddu

Left Cornerback

Terence Newman
Trae Waynes
DeMarcus Van Dyke
Justin Coleman
Josh Thomas

Right Cornerback

Xavier Rhodes
Captain Munnerlyn
Jabari Price
Jalil Carter
Marcus Sherels

Strong Safety

Robert Blanton
Andrew Sendejo
Anthony Thomas Harris (my bad)

Free Safety

Harrison Smith
Antone Exum, Jr.
Shaun Prater

Couple observations here as well.

-The biggest surprise, to me, is seeing Marcus Sherels that far down the cornerback depth chart. I know a lot of us are sort of anticipating him being replaced (much like every year), but he's one of the bottom two corners on the depth chart overall.

-Not a huge surprise to see OMG AUDIE COLE at the middle linebacker spot ahead of Eric Kendricks to start out. I still think Kendricks closes that gap before the start of the regular season, but that's where we stand for now.

-Another mild upset is seeing Justin Trattou ahead of Danielle Hunter at this point, particularly after all the raves Hunter has been getting thus far.

Special Teams

Kicker

Blair Walsh

Punter

Jeff Locke

Long Snapper

Cullen Loeffler
Kevin McDermott

Holder

Jeff Locke

Kick Returner

Cordarrelle Patterson
Marcus Sherels

Punt Returner

Marcus Sherels
Jarius Wright

Only surprising thing here, in my opinion, is the lack of Stefon Diggs in either of the return spots, particularly on the punt return list. I think the team has tried Jarius Wright at punt returner in camps and practices before and weren't terribly thrilled with the results, but I could be wrong on that. Obviously this doesn't mean that Diggs won't get any return opportunities, but he's not listed among the primary options at this point.

There's a look at the Minnesota Vikings' first depth chart of the 2015 season, folks. What stands out in your eyes?