Here's a look at how the Vikings' first-year players are faring through two games:
CB Chris Cook (second round): Has been inactive for both games, rehabbing from a torn meniscus in his right knee that he suffered in the preseason. But Cook said Monday he feels about 90 percent healthy and proclaimed himself ready to go against the Lions in Week Three. The Vikings need him, though it's not clear if the coaches will wait until after the Week Four bye to get him on the field. They need Cook, though, having played both games with only three healthy corners. Both the Saints and Dolphins targeted RCB Lito Sheppard on TD passes.
RB Toby Gerhart (second round): After being inactive in Week One, Gerhart made his NFL debut on Sunday and fared OK in limited action. He rushed four times for 10 yards, spelling Adrian Peterson, and caught one pass for five yards. Expect a similar workload in upcoming games.
DE Everson Griffen (fourth round): Inactive for both games. That likely won't change unless the Vikings suffer DL injuries. He has a way to go to be game-ready.
OG Chris DeGeare (fifth round): Inactive for both games. He's in a similar situation to Griffen, but the coaches appear to like DeGeare's ability to contribute at some point this season.
QB Joe Webb (sixth round): Inactive for both games as the third QB. See Griffen, but sub in "QB injuries."
TE Mickey Shuler (seventh round): Also inactive for both games. He could play at some point as a blocking tight end and special-teams performer.