When Mike Tice took over the Vikings, the defensive line was his biggest initial concern.
However, with the signing of Cedric Killings, not only do the Vikings have seven new defensive linemen, but still have the starting unit from last season returning.
At defensive end, the Vikings have added two potential new starters in Kenny Mixon and Lorenzo Bromell, while still keeping Talance Sawyer and Lance Johnstone -- last year's starters. The team also signed former Falcon Chuck Wiley, so competition should be fierce -- even though the team was hot after Marco Coleman before he signed with the Jags last week.
While the Vikings are concerned about the return of Willie Howard from major knee surgery, depth at defensive tackle is getting deeper all the time. With starters Chris Hovan and Fred Robbins returning, the team also has competition being provided by returners Winfield Garnett, Shawn Worthen and newcomers Darius Holland, Killings and rookie Chad Beasley.
When Tice took over, he promised competition at the defensive line positions. By adding so many new players, he's created that competition.
* The Vikings are still talking up the potential for a change on the offensive line -- whether sooner or later to be determined. Lewis Kelly has been impressive in NFL Europe and Tice believes he can step in as a starter at right tackle and move Chris Liwienski to his natural left guard spot. However, Liwienski played RT so well late last year, the decision may be delayed barring injuries at the guard spots.
* Former Vikings QB Billy Cockerham was released by the 49ers Friday.
DL Promises to Be Better
Viking Update Top Stories
Sunday slant: Don’t blame BradfordSam Bradford has been getting criticism from some fans and observers, but a look at numerous analytics, and an overall view of the game, shows just how good he has been without…
Viking Update1:57 PM
NFC North a M*A*S*H* unitThe Minnesota Vikings have been hit harder by injuries than any playoff contender this year, but Green Bay and Chicago aren't far behind.
Viking UpdateYesterday at 9:26 PM
Do-or-die time for VikingsIt has taken a lot of losing to acknowledge, but Minnesota Vikings players are finally admitting their margin for error is gone.
Viking UpdateYesterday at 9:06 AM
Fan forum: Evaluating the front officeAs injuries pile up and the Minnesota Vikings are making their mark, positive and negative, we wondered what fans attending a recent Vikings game thought of the performance of the…
Viking UpdateYesterday at 6:22 AM
Defense mostly overrode Locke’s strugglesJeff Locke had his worst game of the season against the team with the NFL’s best record, but the Minnesota Vikings defense did what it could to overcome it.
Viking UpdateYesterday at 5:54 AM