8 newcomers set to be Vikings starters in 2021
When the Minnesota Vikings take the field for the 2021 season, their starting roster is expected to feature several new faces.
Harrison Smith has been with the Minnesota Vikings since the 2012 season. Smith has seen so many players come and go throughout his time with the Vikings that not all of the changes the franchise has seen over the past two years are not new. for the safety of veterans.
The 2020 offseason saw Minnesota leave with several fan favorites including Linval Joseph, Everson Griffen, Xavier Rhodes and Stefon Diggs. This year, even more notable names have walked through the doors of the Vikings, including Kyle Rudolph, Riley Reiff and Anthony Harris.
Unlike last offseason, however, the Vikings have also come out in recent months and have added several experienced free agents to their roster. Minnesota is hoping this strategy turns out to be better than it did in 2020 when it relied too much on youth and inexperience.
Minnesota Vikings predict 2021 starters to include eight new players
PFF’s Ben Linsey recently shared his predictions for each NFL team’s starting attack and defense for the upcoming 2021 season.
For the Vikings, Linsey included more than a handful of new additions in his projections. Rookie offensive linemen Christian Darrisaw and Wyatt Davis are both expected to be offensive starters this year while Patrick Peterson, Xaver Woods, Nick Vigil, Dalvin Tomlinson, Michael Pierce and Mackensie Alexander are all expected to start for Minnesota on the side. defensive of the ball.
None of these projections are really surprising. Davis might not start the season as the Vikings’ starting right goalie, but it might only take a few games before the team gives him the job.
Probably Linsey’s most interesting projection is the fact that he has Cameron Dantzler as the team’s other outside cornerback instead of Bashaud Breeland. Again, it’s not a gigantic shock, but many have speculated that Breeland will likely emerge with this role by the time Week 1 arrives.
Most Vikings fans would likely be happy with Linsey’s projections if they turned out to be correct. But there’s still plenty of time until the start of the season, so expect those planned starting lineups to be revamped a bit ahead of Minnesota’s first game of the year.