With training camp just getting underway, let's take a shot at how the final 53-man roster may look for the Minnesota Vikings come Week 1 of the 2023 season.
Training camp 2023 is finally here, and there are still plenty of questions surrounding this Minnesota Vikings roster. After letting go of a number of veterans from the 2022 squad, it will be interesting to see who steps up to fill those holes.
The roster is in somewhat of a transitional period, with veterans like Adam Thielen and Eric Kendricks no longer a part of the roster.
This young Vikings team is going to be put to the test early, with two separate joint practices with the Tennessee Titans and Arizona Cardinals. This team will be relying on young players to step up, and they will get a good idea of who's ready for the moment when Tennessee and Arizona come to town and who isn't.
With that being said, let's attempt to predict who is in and who is out for the Vikings roster in 2023.
- Kirk Cousins
- Nick Mullens
- Jaren Hall (R)
The quarterback position is set in stone for the 2023 season, and the expectation is that Kirk Cousins will be the Vikings starting quarterback, barring any injury or an unforeseen trade. In what could be his final year in Minnesota, Cousins is looking to prove his doubters wrong and help deliver the Vikings their first championship in franchise history.
It is highly unlikely that Kevin O'Connell is going to go with a fifth-round rookie as his backup if anything were to happen to Cousins. Mullins is a solid backup, you won't want him as your starting quarterback but Kevin O'Connell, Wes Phillips, and quarterback coach Chris O'Hara can sleep easier at night knowing they have Mullins to fall back on in case of emergencies.
Former BYU Cougar quarterback Jaren Hall is entering a great situation in Minnesota. With Cousins as the clear starter, Hall can focus solely on learning the playbook in 2023, and depending on what the Vikings decide to do at the position, Hall will have the luxury of throwing to the best receiver in the league in Justin Jefferson, along with the likes of T.J. Hockenson, Jordan Addison and K.J. Osborn as well.