Offensive Depth Chart, Comments

A look at the Vikings' offensive depth chart heading into their full-team minicamp, with comments at each position about rookies and fine-tuning that could take place since their last minicamp without the rookies in April.

Pos. First Team Second Team Third Team
QB: 14-Brad Johnson 4-Mike McMahon 2-Tarvaris Jackson
Comments: Realistically, the Vikings probably will keep only three quarterbacks, and Jackson is guaranteed a spot as the QB of the future, leaving J.T. O'Sullivan to battle McMahon for the No. 2 spot for this year.
FB: 49-Tony Richardson 45-Richard Owens 33-Steven Jackson
Comments: The Vikings might only keep two fullbacks, and Joey Goodspeed also has a chance, but the feeling here is that Richardson's spot is set, Owens has the most versatility and special teams prowess, and Jackson is a developmental/practice squad possiblity.
TE: 40-Jim Kleinsasser 85-Jermaine Wiggins 83-Jeff Dugan
Comments: Really, Kleinsasser and Wiggins are the only "guarantees" to make the roster, while Dugan and Richard Angulo might have to battle for a roster spot come training camp. Owens also has versatility to move back to tight end if needed. The Vikings also could look to the waiver wire to find a true West Coast offense tight end to stretch the field before the season begins.
RB: 29-Chester Taylor 30-Mewelde Moore 35-Ciatrick Fason
Comments: The Vikings have full belief that Taylor can be their featured back, and Moore offers a lot of versatility. While Fason could end up as a short-yardage back again, there will be plenty of competition for roster spots with talented undrafted guys like Taurean Henderson, Wendell Mathis and holdover Adimchinobe Echemandu.
LT: 74-Bryant McKinnie 63-Mark Wilson 75-Mike Rosenthal
Comments: The Vikings have no other proven options at left tackle besides McKinnie. Wilson played some second-team left tackle in April, but when it comes time to roster trimming, it will probably be either Rosenthal or Goldberg backing up McKinnie. Other depth candidates: Sean Bubin and undrafted rookies Albert Stinson and Donald Penn.
LG: 76-Steve Hutchinson 67-Chris Liwienski 64-Anthony Herrera
Comments: Only an injury will separate the $49 million man from a starting spot.
C: 78-Matt Birk 65-Jason Whittle 62-Ryan Cook
Comments: If healthy, former Pro Bowler Birk is the obvious starter, but with a strong showing early in minicamps and training camp, Ryan Cook might be able to move up to second-string, depending on how he picks up the offense.
RG: 79-Artis Hicks 64-Anthony Herrera 73-Adam Goldberg
Comments: Anthony Herrera was the starter in April's camp, but Hicks is supposed to be given the first shot in this minicamp. Liwienski can also play right guard. Whittle and Cook might also be able to ultimately offer depth at guard.
RT: 72-Marcus Johnson 75-Mike Rosenthal 73-Adam Goldberg
Comments: The above depth is how it shook out in the April minicamp, but Artis Hicks could show position versatility if another guard beats him out for the RG spot. Other depth candidates: Mark Wilson, Sean Bubin and undrafted rookies Albert Stinson and Donald Penn.
WR: 81-Koren Robinson 87-Marcus Robinson 13-Hank Baskett
Comments: There are a host of depth options after the first four wide receivers at the two spots, but we'll give the nod to the top undrafted rookie until we see otherwise. Other depth candidates at WR: Aaron Hosack (in NFL Europe), Jason Carter, Kelvin Kight, Chris Jones, Kyle Smith, Jimmy Redmond, Ryan Hoag and Barrick Nealy.
WR: 82-Troy Williamson 89-Travis Taylor
Comments: Williamson won't participate in minicamp, so Taylor should see plenty of action, along with a bevy of other canditates at wide receiver (see above).

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