5 weakest positions on the 2019 Minnesota Vikings

(Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Dalvin Cook
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(Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images) Dalvin Cook
(Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images) Dalvin Cook /

4. Running Back

Running back is similar to the Vikings’ left guard position in that it is loaded with uncertainty. While plenty of questions surround this group, it is a talented bunch. The issue is that there is an overall lack of experience and durability that also comes into play.

It all starts with Dalvin Cook. This guy’s talent can’t be denied. He’s a shifty little bugger who is fast as the dickens, but he also is very powerful. Cook is an excellent receiver out of the backfield as well and he is a back who really should only come off the field to get the occasional breather.

The problem is Cook just can’t stay healthy. Until this guy can prove he can play an entire 16-game NFL season, the durability issues will haunt him.

Behind Cook is rookie Alexander Mattison, who was a surprise third-round pick by Minnesota this year. He does have a little Marshawn Lynch to his game as tacklers seemed to bounce off of him during his time at Boise State.

But he’s a rookie and he hasn’t played a meaningful NFL snap yet, so there questions about how productive he can actually be.

Mike Boone will likely be the third back on the Vikings’ 2019 depth chart. He’s a powerful runner who got some tough yards a season ago, but he lacks experience and there are questions about how he’d perform handling a bigger load. Ameer Abdullah is next up and he’s better off as a return man and that’s about it.

So while the talent is there, this group has a ton of question marks surround it. As of now, it is one of the weaker positions on Minnesota’s entire team.