No surprises as Vikings release their first 'unofficial' depth chart

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Sheldon Richardson the lone new defensive starter, few surprises among depth spots too

Ahead of their first preseason game, the Minnesota Vikings released their first depth chart on Tuesday night and there were no surprises, particularly among the team's starters.

Defensively, defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson is the lone new starter as he takes the place of Tom Johnson. New franchise quarterback Kirk Cousins highlights the offensive changes and is joined on the first team by running back Dalvin Cook, who is returning from injury.

The offensive line protecting Cousins and opening holes for Cook is left tackle Riley Reiff, left guard Nick Easton, center Pat Elflein, right guard Mike Remmers and right tackle Rashod Hill.

Of course, none of those assignments come as a surprise after the offseason. The depth among the line has taken a hit as Easton, Elflein and Remmers are all out of practice because of injuries. Veteran newcomer Tom Compton has been practicing in Easton's place at left guard with Cornelius Edison at center and Danny Isidora at right guard.

But for depth-chart purposes, Compton, Edison and Isidora comprise the interior of the second-team line along with left tackle Aviante Collins and rookie draft pick Brian O'Neill at right tackle.

Stacy Coley and Brandon Zylstra are listed as the third-team wide receivers. Holdover Blake Bell and rookie draft pick Tyler Conklin are listed together with the third team at tight end.

At defensive tackle, Ifeadi Odenigbo is listed ahead of draft pick Jalyn Holmes. Stephen Weatherly and Tashawn Bower are listed together as the second-team right end.

Kickers Kai Forbath and Daniel Carlson, in a competition for one spot, are listed together as the top kicker. Marcus Sherels is listed as the No. 1 kickoff and punt returner, but rookie Mike Hughes is expected to get a good look at both spots and offensive coordinator Mike Priefer said he sees Hughes as the top kickoff returner with Sherels as the No. 1 punt returner.

The full chart can be seen on the team's website:

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