53-man roster projection: Vikings go all-in at receiver

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Change is coming to a Minnesota Vikings team that finally has an offensive-minded head coach in the building with Kevin O’Connell.

After riding shotgun with Sean McVay as the offensive coordinator for the Super Bowl-winning Los Angeles Rams, O’Connell is now getting the keys to his own Porsche to burn rubber on opposing defenses.

There will be an even greater emphasis at the receiver position when roster-building for the 2022 season. The old adage that only a good defense wins championships was killed the moment Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs won a Super Bowl with playground football.

No, quarterback Kirk Cousins isn’t Mahomes, but he is good enough to feed the many receiving weapons O’Connell will surely have at his disposal on the final roster.

Here’s my 53-man roster prediction.

QB Kirk Cousins

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QB Kellen Mond

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RB Dalvin Cook

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RB C.J. Ham

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RB Alexander Mattison

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RB Kene Nwangwu

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RB Ty Chandler

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WR Justin Jefferson

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WR Adam Thielen

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WR K.J. Osborn

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WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette

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WR Jalen Nailor

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WR Bisi Johnson

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WR Albert Wilson

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TE Irv Smith Jr.

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TE Johnny Mundt

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TE Ben Ellefson

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OL Brian O'Neill

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OL Christian Darrisaw

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OL Ezra Cleveland

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OL Garrett Bradbury

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OL Jesse Davis

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OL Ed Ingram

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OL Oli Udoh

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OL Chris Reed

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OL Austin Schlottmann

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S Harrison Smith

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S Lewis Cine

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S Cam Bynum

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S Josh Metellus

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CB Patrick Peterson

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CB Cameron Dantzler

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CB Chandon Sullivan

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CB Andrew Booth Jr.

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CB Akayleb Evans

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CB Kris Boyd

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LB Eric Kendricks

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LB Jordan Hicks

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LB Brian Asamoah

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LB Blake Lynch

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OLB Danielle Hunter

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OLB Za'Darius Smith

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OLB D.J. Wonnum

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OLB Janarius Robinson

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DL Harrison Phillips

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DL Dalvin Tomlinson

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DL Armon Watts

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DL Esezi Otomewo

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DL James Lynch

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DL Jaylen Twyman

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K Greg Joseph

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P Jordan Berry

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LS Andrew DePaola

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