Minnesota Vikings 53-man roster projection has familiar names despite front-office shakeup

Kevin O'Connell will be expecting Adam Thielen, left, and Justin Jefferson to help fuel an explosive offense this season. Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings open the 2022 NFL regular season against the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 11 at U.S. Bank Stadium.

It will mark the first time since 2005 in which former general manager Rick Spielman is not involved in the composition of the final 53-man roster. Instead, a pair of new faces -- general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and coach Kevin O'Connell -- will make those decisions in September.

Adofo-Mensah and O'Connell opted not to overhaul the roster they inherited this spring, instead supplementing it with a 10-man draft class and a handful of second-tier free agents.

Here is an early projection of the final 53-man roster, based on limited observations during OTAs and minicamp:

QUARTERBACK (3): Kirk Cousins, Sean Mannion, Kellen Mond