Predicted 2009 Depth Chart For The Minnesota Vikings Offense

Tanner ThomsSenior Analyst IApril 30, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 30:  Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball during the game against the Chicago Bears at the Metrodome on November 30, 2008 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)


First-String: Sage Rosenfels

Sage Rosenfels for the first time in his career will have the chance to start on a team that didn't have an injured quarterback ahead of him.

Minnesota traded a fourth-round-pick for Sage back in February of this year. The trade made sense to all Vikings fans, and it left hopes for a possible leader at QB.

Second-String: Tarvaris Jackson

Brad Childress' man-crush has proven time and time again that he can't be the team-leader that the Vikings need him to be. His reign for now is over.

There is a possibility that Tarvaris will start in '09, but his chances are slipping away by the day. Jackson must work on his accuracy if he wants to be a star in this league.

Third-String: John David Booty

Will John David Booty ever get his chance to be a starting quarterback for the Vikings? His chances right now, are slim to none.

J.D.B. is strictly a project-player for now. Brad Childress will continue to mentor him for the future.

Running Back

First-String: Adrian Peterson

No real shocker here. Adrian Peterson is the best running back in the league, so obviously he will start for Minnesota.

I have A.P. being an MVP candidate for the 2009-2010 season. He will have a great line to run behind, and should be able to get even better than he has been in his first two seasons.

Second-String: Chester Taylor

The best back-up running in the league is in his last season of his contract that he received in 2005. Will he be re-signed? That answer is still unknown.

Chester is a fantastic change-of-pace back behind Adrian Peterson. He had an off-year last year, but he should receive more playing time this season.

Third-String: Ian Johnson

There is no doubt in my mind that Ian Johnson will make the Vikings roster in 2009. He was a fantastic player at Boise State.

Ian went un-drafted in this year's draft, which was a big mistake by a lot of teams. Johnson will be a great third-string running back that can come in on third-down plays.


First-String: Naufahu Tahi

Tahi wins the starting fullback job by default. He was offered to a contract sheet by the Bengals, but the Vikings elected to match it and re-sign him.

Second-String: Jeff Dugan

Jeff Dugan is more of an h-back kind of player. He reminds me of a not-so-talented Chris Cooley.

Wide Receiver

First-String a): Bernard Berrian

The addition of Bernard Berrian last off-season was excellent. He filled a big need for the Vikings.

Berrian is a great deep-threat, and I look for him to continue his success that he had last season.

First-String b): Percy Harvin

The Vikings first-round draft pick in 2009 will start from day one this season.

Percy will be a great threat to the opposing defense. He has great speed and will be able to burn defender's on the Metrodome turf.

Slot-Receiver: Sidney Rice

Bobby Wade could definitely start over Sidney Rice, but I'm going to give Sidney the benefit of the doubt here.

Sidney Rice really needs to discover what kind of player he can really be this season.

Second-String a): Bobby Wade

Bobby Wade a good season last year. He surprisingly didn't drop that many easy-catches.

He will provide good depth behind the top 3 receivers for the Vikings.

Second-String b): Glenn Holt

Minnesota signed Glenn Holt mainly to return kicks and punts, but he should also get some time at receiver.

Third-String: Aundrae Allison

Aundrae Allison was expected to be a good wide receiver when Minnesota drafted him in 2007, but since then he hasn't done much of anything.

Tight End
First-String: Visanthe Shiancoe

Visanthe Shiancoe was one of the better players on the Vikings roster last year. He was a tremendous red-zone target.

I expect Shiancoe to have yet another good season. He has finally come into his own with Minnesota.

Second-String: Garrett Mills

Garrett Mills was hardly used last season, so I can't tell you that much about him.

Nontheless, Mills will provide decent depth behind Visanthe Shiancoe.

Third-String: Jimmy Kleinsasser

Jim Kleinsasser was re-signed this off-season which was a very smart move.

Kleinsasser is an excellent blocking tight end that the Vikings will need next year.

Left Tackle

First-String: Bryant McKinnie

Bryant McKinnie is an under-rated left tackle, in my opinion. Will he be able to play in all 16 games next year, though?

McKinnie might get either suspended or traded next season. Nonetheless, he is a definite starter.

Second-String: Artis Hicks

Artis Hicks started in multiple games at right tackle last year, but I see him switching to the left side this year.

He isn't a terrible blocker, but he must work on it if he ever does have to play, hopefully he doesn't.

Left Guard

First-String: Steve Hutchinson

The best guard in the league, without a doubt, has to start here. "Hutch" had a great season last year.

Steve is the anchor of the line, and I will look for that to continue during the '09 season.

Second-String: Brian Daniels

Brian Daniels has only been in the league one season, and he spent all of it on injured reserve.

Minnesota is very thin at guard, so there is a good chance that they will sign one or two very soon.


First-String: John Sullivan

I have faith that John Sullivan will be the future center for the Vikings. He's a very smart player with good skills.

There is virtually nobody else on Minnesota's roster that will be able to compete with him for the starting center job.

Second-String: Ryan Cook/Cullen Loeffler

Either one of these players will back-up John Sullivan. Minnesota could also sign another center very soon.

Right Guard

First-String: Anthony Herrera

Anthony Herrera is perhaps the most under-rated player on the Vikings offensive line.

Herrera is a very talented player who deserves more recognition than what he gets currently.

Second-String: Drew Radovich

This is how pathetic the Vikings guard's are. You know they suck when Drew Radovich is a second-stringer.

Right Tackle

First-String: Phil Loadholt

I loved the pick for Phil Loadholt in the second-round of the 2009 draft. The Vikings needed a future right tackle.

Loadholt is 6"8, and a great blocker. He will be a force for Adrian Peterson to run through next year.

Second-String: Ryan Cook

The worst right tackle in Vikings history is thankfully a back-up... For now.


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