Minnesota Vikings' 4 Backups Who Would Start for Other Teams

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Minnesota Vikings' 4 Backups Who Would Start for Other Teams
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Despite the fact that the Minnesota Vikings are a team with a woefully depleted roster, they still have a number of talented players buried on the depth chart who are skilled enough to start for a number of teams in today's NFL. What follows is a quick recap of the four current Vikings backups that would stand the best chance of starting on an alternate NFL roster.

Having quickly eliminated aging veterans in favor of younger prospects, the Vikings are no doubt in a rebuilding year. Still, the front office has accumulated talent and depth for several positions and would be in a seller's market if they wished to trade.

It's not uncommon for teams to carry this sort of depth in their rosters; the "Next Man Up" philosophy requires that players be able to contribute at a moments notice. Coupled with the fact that skill is by no means evenly distributed across the league, unappreciated players exist in every NFL depth chart.

It may still be surprising that the Vikings possess starting-caliber players working as backups in key positions in their roster. The 3-13 record in 2011 speaks ill of their overall proficiency, but they have shockingly good talent concentrated in a few areas.

The first player on this list is the least surprising player for any casual follower of the team. After that, the list may surprise even the most ardent fans.

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