Final Vikings 53-man roster projection for the 2020 season

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) C.J. Ham
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Defensive Backs (9)

  • Holton Hill, Mike Hughes, Cameron Dantzler, Jeff Gladney, Kris Boyd (Cornerbacks)
  • Harrison Smith, Anthony Harris, Steven Parker, Josh Metellus (Safeties)

Minnesota will roll into the season with two brand new starting cornerbacks for the first time since 2016. Holton Hill and Mike Hughes are expected to take over these starting spots for the Vikings and Hughes could potentially shift into the slot when the defense is utilizing its nickel package.

Despite getting drafted two rounds later this year, rookie Cameron Dantzler could end up getting more playing time than fellow rookie Jeff Gladney for Minnesota this season. Dantzler shined in the Vikings training camp this summer and Gladney is coming along a little slower as he recovers from undergoing knee surgery a few months ago.

Harrison Smith and Anthony Harris are back to reclaim their title as the best safety duo in the NFL this year. If both can remain healthy for the majority of the season, it’s hard to believe that any other safety duo around the league will out-perform them.

Steven Parker was a late addition by Minnesota this year, but the team was clearly looking to add more experience to their safety depth and it will result in him keeping one of the team’s final 53 spots.