Minnesota Vikings: Players Climbing the Depth Chart This Offseason

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Minnesota Vikings: Players Climbing the Depth Chart This Offseason
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As the calendar creeps well into June, there are 90 players currently on the Minnesota Vikings roster. By the time the team opens the regular season in September, 29 of those players will be gone. 

What happens over the course of the next two-and-a-half months will not only decide who gets those coveted roster spots, but who lines up where on the depth chart come opening day.

A few of the players on the Vikings' current roster are complete long shots and realistically have very little chance of sticking. There are also 14 or 15 players who pretty much know they're going to be starters once the regular season rolls around.

For the other 65 or so players on the roster, the battles for spots on the depth chart have already begun. The nice thing about being on a team that was 5-10-1 the previous year is that there are plenty of roster spots available.

New head coach Mike Zimmer and his coaching staff bring fresh eyes to Minnesota, so everybody on the team will have to prove they belong all over again. June's OTAs won't see much movement on any positional charts, they're more just an acclimation period where everybody can get accustomed to faces and schemes.

Things will change at the mandatory minicamp that will happen June 17-19. That's when the real jostling for position on all the depth charts will really start to take shape.

For now we'll look at a few players we expect to make quick moves up the depth chart. The Vikings have plenty of intriguing positional battles lining up for this summer, and we'll take a look at who might have the inside edge in some of those battles. 

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