The Vikings’ Depth Chart Going Into Week 3 vs. the Chargers


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The Vikings’ depth chart is becoming increasingly clear as the season unfolds.

No matter what the unofficial team announcement suggests, Minnesota is looking to UDFA stud Ivan Pace Jr. to be the team’s LB2. By the season’s end, Pace may even be the LB1. Meanwhile, Jordan Addison has quietly stolen away the WR2 job, an outcome that has long been foreseeable. K.J. Osborn is likely looking at a WR3 assignment for the rest of the year.

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Camryn Bynum has been shining whereas Patrick Jones hasn’t. Expect the snaps to reflect those realities accordingly.

Blake Brandel is still a backup at guard but will he eventually get the call to take over the RG1 job? That prospect looks unlikely with Dalton Risner in the house, but there’s a small chance we see the former Bronco taking over at LT while Christian Darrisaw heals. And what of Cam Akers? The former Ram was brought to town for a reason, so the RB2 spot seems like a decent guess.

The Chargers are entering the game as near equals to Minnesota (which isn’t necessarily a good thing). Indeed, we’re staring down a battle between a pair of 0-2 teams.

Justin Herbert is leading a talented offense, one that doesn’t always live up to its potential. Their defense, meanwhile, hasn’t exactly taken over the NFL. In Week 1, the Chargers allowed Miami to pile up 36 points; as an encore, the defense let Ryan Tannehill’s Titans get to 27 points. So, the Vikings offense should have a good day at the office today, but we’ll have to see what actually transpires once the game takes place.

Take a peak at how things look for the roster hierarchy.

The Vikings’ Depth Chart: Week 3

Offense

Aug 10, 2023; Seattle, Washington, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jordan Addison (3) during warmups prior to the game at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Quarterback

QB1: Kirk Cousins
QB2: Nick Mullens
QB3: Jaren Hall

Running Back

RB1: Alexander Mattison
RB2: Cam Akers
RB3: Ty Chandler
RB4: Myles Gaskin

Fullback

FB1: C.J. Ham

Wide Receiver

WR1: Justin Jefferson
WR2: Jordan Addison
WR3: K.J. Osborn
WR4: Brandon Powell

Tight End

TE1: T.J. Hockenson
TE2: Josh Oliver
TE3: Johnny Mundt
TE4: Nick Muse

Left Tackle

LT1: Christian Darrisaw
LT2: David Quessenberry

Left Guard

LG1: Ezra Cleveland
LG2: Dalton Risner

Center

C1: Garrett Bradbury
C2: Austin Schlottmann

Right Guard

RG1: Ed Ingram
RG2: Blake Brandel

Right Tackle

RT1: Brian O’Neill

Defense

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Outside Linebacker

OLB1: Danielle Hunter
OLB2: Marcus Davenport
OLB3: D.J. Wonnum
OLB4: Patrick Jones
OLB5: Andre Carter

Defensive Line

DT/DE1: Harrison Phillips
DT/DE2: Khyiris Tonga
DT/DE3: Dean Lowry
DT/DE4: Jonathan Bullard
DT/DE5: Jaquelin Roy

Inside Linebacker

LB1: Jordan Hicks
LB2: Ivan Pace
LB3: Brian Asamoah
LB4: Troy Dye

Cornerback

CB1: Byron Murphy
CB2: Akayleb Evans
CB3: Mekhi Blackmon
CB4: Andrew Booth
CB5: NaJee Thompson

Safety

S1: Harrison Smith
S2: Cam Bynum
S3: Josh Metellus
S4: Theo Jackson
S5: Lewis Cine
S6: Jay Ward

Special Teams

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Kicker

K1: Greg Joseph

Punter

P1: Ryan Wright

Long Snapper

LS1: Andrew DaPaola

Kick Returner

KR1: Ty Chandler
KR2: Brandon Powell

Punt Returner

PR1: Brandon Powell
PR2: K.J. Osborn


K. Joudry is the Senior Editor for Vikings Territory and PurplePTSD. He has been covering the Vikings full time since the summer of 2021. He can be found on Twitter and as a co-host for Notes from the North, a humble Vikings podcast.





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