NFL 2022: Ranking the best supporting casts for every starting QB

November 3, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow (13) is congratulated by tight end Darren Waller (83) and quarterback Derek Carr (4) for catching a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
November 3, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow (13) is congratulated by tight end Darren Waller (83) and quarterback Derek Carr (4) for catching a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /
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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 06: Dalvin Cook #33 and Justin Jefferson #18 of the Minnesota Vikings and NFC celebrate Cook’s fourth-quarter touchdown against the AFC during the 2022 NFL Pro Bowl at Allegiant Stadium on February 06, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The AFC defeated the NFC 41-35. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /

14. Minnesota Vikings, Kirk Cousins

RB: Dalvin Cook, Alex Mattison, Kene Nwangwu
WR: Justin Jefferson
WR: Adam Thielen
WR: KJ Osborn
TE: Irv Smith Jr.

The Vikings are close to the middle of this list, and it’s the power hitters on this list that raise it to “above average” status for me.

Although the Vikings lack a truly elite lineup here, they have some great pieces starting with wide receivers Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen.

Even as Adam Thielen gets older, he’s still extremely effective when healthy and Kirk Cousins has built a good rapport with him since coming to Minnesota in 2018.

Justin Jefferson was rightly targeted about 10 times per game last season and he responded with over 1,600 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Vikings. He’s a superstar receiver and has been since he took the field for Minnesota.

Dalvin Cook is one of the game’s best running backs, and Alexander Mattison is a rock solid backup option who can play all three downs as well.

At tight end, Irv Smith Jr. is coming back from injury this season and should be able to re-establish himself to the form he showed in 2020 when he caught five touchdown passes.

The Vikings lack depth receiver and tight end but the top of their lineup is going to consistently get hits and drive in runs, so to speak.