Vikings release first unofficial depth chart and it’s a bit strange

(Photo by David Berding/Getty Images Kellen Mond
(Photo by David Berding/Getty Images Kellen Mond /

The first unofficial depth chart for 2022 has been released by the Minnesota Vikings and they made some interesting designations among the players.

Players have been fighting in training camp to impress the coaches of the Minnesota Vikings. A good performance can move them up the ranks of individuals at the position and possibly earn them playing time on the field.

Minnesota unveiled their first unofficial depth chart for 2022 on their official team website and let’s just say that while there are some things to learn from how the players are listed, there is also some strange stuff going on among the information.

The biggest head-scratcher is that the team is currently unwilling to show the hierarchy when it comes to four players at two different positions.

What is so funky about the Minnesota Vikings’ unofficial depth chart?

As many Vikings fans know, there are position battles going on constantly in training camp. Open competitions typically mean there will be some possible back and forth depending on the player’s performance, but that isn’t the case when it comes to the backup quarterback and backup wide receiver spots.

For the quarterbacks, Kirk Cousins is listed as the clear starter but underneath him is “Kellen Mond OR Sean Mannion” as the backups.  Also, in the listing for wide receivers, “Trishton Jackson OR Jalen Nailor” is included among the backups.

There is a disclaimer at the top, but that doesn’t quite explain why there isn’t an order given to these two

"“Here’s a look at the Vikings unofficial depth chart with starters followed by backups listed in order as they appear on the unofficial depth chart. Two positions — backup quarterback and a receiver spot — are listed as “OR.””"

In the past, it seemed as though if two players were equal when a depth chart was released, the tie would go to the player with the most experience. However, it’s strange that no decision was made at all regarding these spots, just that these players likely have equal footing.

Other than the strange designation, there aren’t any real surprises in the chart itself, especially when it comes to the starters. Still, let us know what you think about depth charts that use the “OR” designation to say two players are on equal ground at the moment and whether or not it means more than just that.

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