Before the Vikings enter their first preseason game, there are still some ongoing battles for positioning on the depth chart. We list the top competitions and more.
BATTLE OF THE WEEK
Darrion Scott vs. Kenechi Udeze for the left end position — Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier indicated that the competition between the two veterans will last throughout training camp. No matter what happens, both figure to see playing time, because Scott will shift inside to replace Pat Williams on passing downs.
OTHER BATTLE FRONTS:
Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson is the Vikings' top choice to start this season but he hasn't been sharp for much of camp and Brooks Bollinger has been getting more and more reps with the first team.
Third-round corner Marcus McCauley has been outstanding so far and pulled well ahead of Dovonte Edwards in the battle for the nickel role. McCauley seems to have a knack for being around the football.
Although the Vikings have said Ryan Cook and Marcus Johnson are both candidates to start at right tackle, Cook is taking nearly all the reps with the first-team offense. This is his job to lose.
A few receiver spots remain up for grabs. Fifth-round pick Aundrae Allison looked good early in camp but has been slowed by a hamstring injury. Seventh-rounder Chandler Williams suffered a concussion last Friday in a practice against the Chiefs. The injuries have allowed free-agent Justin Surrency to get a longer look.
Punter Chris Kluwe is ahead of rookie free-agent Alex Reyes. Kluwe hit the ball well last Friday against Kansas City and continued that trend on Monday. This competition could end very soon.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
CB Marcus McCauley — The third-round pick has been impressive throughout training camp, picking off four passes and breaking up numerous other throws. McCauley is behind Cedric Griffin and Antoine Winfield on the depth chart, but at this rate he's definitely going to see plenty of time in the nickel package.
First-round running back Adrian Peterson suffered a hip pointer only four days after signing with the Vikings. The injury is considered minor but the team certainly will be careful.
Second-round receiver Sidney Rice has flashed on very few occasions to date. Nonetheless, given the Vikings situations at receiver he figures to get plenty more opportunities to prove himself.
Third-round cornerback Marcus McCauley continues to impress on a nearly daily basis and is pulling away in the race to win a role in the nickel package.
Fourth-round defensive end Brian Robison had been getting reps with the first team before being slowed by a hamstring injury. Robison is back on the field, but it's clear Ray Edwards is the first-team right end.
Fifth-round receiver Aundrae Allison was impressive early in camp but a hamstring injury has forced him to the sidelines. Allison could be the sleeper of this receiver group if he can stay on the field.
Sixth-round linebacker Rufus Alexander has been working with the third team; mainly will contribute on special teams.
Seventh-round quarterback Tyler Thigpen continues to battle with Drew Henson for the No. 3 job. It appears Thigpen has a slight lead.
Seventh-round receiver Chandler Williams suffered a concussion last Friday in a practice against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Free-agent rookie Dan Mozes was taken off the field on a cart last Friday after injuring his right knee.
WR Aundrae Allison (hamstring) is day-to-day.
WR Chandler Williams suffered a concussion in last Friday's practice with the Kansas City Chiefs and returned to practice Monday.
WR Troy Williamson sat out both the Friday and Saturday practices with Kansas City because of an infection in his left arm. He practices Monday.
WR Sidney Rice has been slowed by a sore hamstring.
DE Erasmus James (knee) remains on the physically unable to perform list and is being brought along slowly It's expected he will be ready before the regular season.
LB Ben Leber returned to practice for a brief period after injuring his calf but it was determined he needed more time to rest. He is expected to return to practice Tuesday.
RB Adrian Peterson was slowed by a hip pointer but missed only a couple of days. He practiced against the Chiefs on Saturday but sat out Monday.
RB Chester Taylor bruised his right forearm in a practice and returned to practice Monday.