3 Vikings Players in Danger of Losing Their Starting Jobs in the 2020 NFL Season
By Zach Brunner
During Mike Zimmer's time with the Minnesota Vikings, the roster has remained relatively solid from one year to the next. However, this season is different. After trading away wide receiver Stefon Diggs and letting many defensive players go, including most of their cornerback group, there are more question marks on this roster than we're used to seeing.
That amount of turnover could create plenty of competition for starting roles in 2020. With that in mind, these are the three Vikings most in danger of losing their starting jobs.
1. Riley Reiff, LT
Entering his age-31 season, the Vikings do not seem to have much confidence in Riley Reiff. They were reportedly in trade talks to acquire Trent Williams from the Washington Redskins, and the team invested a second-round pick in Ezra Cleveland. Reiff should open the season as the starter, but he'll likely face competition from Cleveland.
2. Tajae Sharpe, WR
With Diggs out of town, the Vikings initially brought in Tajae Sharpe. The fourth-year wide receiver may open the season in a starting role, but it seems just a matter of time before first-round rookie Justin Jefferson takes over. Minnesota could run a lot of 12 personnel, featuring two tight ends and two wide receivers, which could force Sharpe off the field.
3. Ifeadi Odenigbo, DE
Long-time Vikings pass rusher Everson Griffen decided to leave the team, promoting Ifeadi Odenigbo to the starting lineup. He will enjoy less attention, playing opposite of Danielle Hunter. However, Odenigbo could lose his starting role to fourth-round rookie D.J. Wonnum, who has drawn some comparisons to Hunter. Wonnum is a physical freak that should earn snaps early on, and he has a chance to beat out Odenigbo for the job.
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