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Minnesota Vikings Training Camp 2014: Predicting Their Final Depth Chart

Minnesota Vikings 2014 Training Camp: Predicting the Final 53-Man Roster

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As the Minnesota Vikings look to put a 5-10-1 2013 season behind them with a new coaching staff in place, the battle for roster spots and roles has gotten going during training camp.

With the first preseason game 10 days away, here's my early projection for the Vikings' final 53-man roster and depth chart.

Quarterbacks (3)

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Quarterbacks (3)

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Matt Cassel
Teddy Bridgewater
Christian Ponder

Cassel and Bridgewater are battling for the starting job. Ponder's guaranteed salary for this season will keep him around as the No. 3 quarterback.

Running Backs (5)

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Running Backs (5)

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Adrian Peterson
Matt Asiata
Jerick McKinnon
Jerome Felton
Zach Line

Asiata and McKinnon could both see playing time behind Peterson. Zach Line may be able to stick as a backup fullback behind Felton.

Wide Receivers (6)

Cordarrelle Patterson Minnesota Vikings
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Wide Receivers (6)

Cordarrelle Patterson Minnesota Vikings
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Cordarrelle Patterson
Greg Jennings
Jarius Wright
Jerome Simpson
Adam Thielen
Rodney Smith

The top four are locked in here, barring injury. Thielen has built on a strong offseason showing with a good start to camp. Kain Colter may also enter the mix for a final roster spot as camp goes on.

Tight Ends (3)

Kyle Rudolph Minnesota Vikings
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Tight Ends (3)

Kyle Rudolph Minnesota Vikings
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Kyle Rudolph
Rhett Ellison
AC Leonard

Rudolph and the Vikings recently agreed to a five-year contract extension, and he is a breakout candidate in Norv Turner's offense. Ellison fits as a blocker/h-back type, while Leonard is likely to stick as a more traditional backup to Rudolph.

Offensive Lineman (9)

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Offensive Lineman (9)

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Matt Kalil (OT)
Charlie Johnson (OG)
John Sullivan (C)
Brandon Fusco (OG)
Phil Loadholt (OT)
Kevin Murphy (OT)
David Yankey (OG)
Joe Berger (OG/C)
Jeff Baca (OG)
Johnson may face a challenge from Yankey at left guard, but otherwise the five starters are established here.

Defensive Lineman (8)

Brian Robison Minnesota Vikings
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Defensive Lineman (8)

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Brian Robison (DE)
Everson Griffen (DE)
Sharrif Floyd (DT)
Linval Joseph (DT)
Corey Wootton (DE)
Fred Evans (DT)
Scott Crichton (DE)
Tom Johnson (DT)

The Vikings are very deep here, with the spotlight going to Floyd and Griffen as they move into starting roles.

Linebackers (7)

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Linebackers (7)

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Chad Greenway
Anthony Barr
Jasper Brinkley
Audie Cole
Michael Mauti
Gerald Hodges
Larry Dean
Barr will be a player to watch here, since his usage in the preseason should be a pre-cursor for how he'll be used when the games count. Brinkley is back with the Vikings, and he's a better fit for the new defensive scheme after being miscast as a Cover-2 middle linebacker under the previous regime.

Defensive Backs (9)

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Defensive Backs (9)

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Xavier Rhodes
Captain Munnerlyn
Harrison Smith
Jamarca Sanford
Robert Blanton
Josh Robinson
Derek Cox
Marcus Sherels
Antone Exum
The Vikings made an effort to add depth here this offseason, and Blanton could become the starter at safety alongside Smith if he can continue to perform well.

Specialists (3)

Blair Walsh Minnesota Vikings
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Specialists (3)

Blair Walsh Minnesota Vikings
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K Blair Walsh
P Jeff Locke
Long Snapper-Cullen Loeffler

This group is unchanged from last season, and Loeffler is now the longest-tenured Viking.