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Depth Forming on Roster
Viking Update Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2003
There was a time not too long ago when the Vikings were razor-thin at several positions. One injury could create a massive hole in the team. Those days are quickly coming to an end.
Depth is typically one of the main signs of a team's ascent from the middle of the pack to the top. Even before it showed up on the field, like in the cases of the Vikings in 1998, Rams in 1999 and Patriots in 2001, it was evident on the depth chart.
The Vikings are very close to achieving the depth needed to be a champ. Consider the following:
is clearly the starter, but if he goes down, veteran
can lead the offense in the interim.
RUNNING BACK --
is the man, but veterans
will have to fight to keep rookie
from stealing playing time.
WIDE RECEIVER --
is the real deal, but competition for the No. 2 spot will be between
. While only one player can get the starting job, depth and more importantly quality depth, will be deeper than it's been in years.
OFFENSIVE LINE -- With the signing of
, the Vikings can move
back to his natural left guard position and, behind a very solid front five, can still trot out versatile backups like
DEFENSIVE LINE -- The addition of
gives the Vikings a fourth solid starter on the front line and the backup help includes versatile
LINEBACKER -- Suddenly the deepest position on the team, the Vikings have veterans
as potential starters and youngsters
as the future of the position.
SECONDARY -- The only remaining weak link,
give the Vikings some depth, but problems remain at safety, the only position not addressed in the draft or free agency.
The Vikings may still be a bit away from making the final leap to a return to the top in the NFL, but one thing has become certain -- depth is not the concern it's been the last couple of years and the Vikings can absorb an injury or two without having it take a toll on the entire team.
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