The Minnesota Vikings are currently undergoing a transition that could result in multiple players losing their starting positions. While the team didn’t make many moves in free agency, a few signings were made that could threaten the current starters’ place on the depth chart. In addition, the Vikings drafted six new players, including two players in the secondary, further intensifying the competition for starting spots.
The Minnesota Vikings’ depth chart remains uncertain, with several open position battles expected to take place. As a result, there are a few players who could potentially lose their starting spots during the 2023 season.
4 Minnesota Vikings players who might be at risk of losing their positions:
1) DT Harrison Phillips
Harrison Phillips, who started all 17 games last season, might lose his starting spot as a defensive lineman due to the free-agent signing of Dean Lowry and the NFL draft pick Jaquelin Roy. However, there’s still a good chance that Phillips could play as a rotational defensive lineman if he doesn’t make the starting lineup, given defensive coordinator Brian Flores’ history of rotating his players.
2) ILB Jordan Hicks
The Minnesota Vikings did not make a significant move to end Jordan Hicks’ tenure as a starting linebacker, but several off-season acquisitions may push him out of that position. Troy Reeder was signed in free agency, and Ivan Pace, Jr. was signed as an undrafted free agent, both of whom have a chance to start over Hicks. Although it may take time, either Reeder or Pace could eventually become a starting linebacker for the Vikings.
3) WR K.J.Osborn
The Vikings’ addition of tight end Josh Oliver and wide receiver Jordan Addison could see K.J. Osborn’s starting position in jeopardy. With a potential shift toward more two-tight-end personnel looks, the Vikings might only start two wide receivers at a time, meaning Osborn could operate as the team’s third receiver from the bench.
4) EDGE Za’Darius Smith
Za’Darius Smith’s future in Minnesota is unclear, and he may be traded or released, which could lead to him losing his starting spot. Marcus Davenport, a productive pass rusher in the NFL, could take Smith’s place in the starting lineup due to his versatility.
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