The Minnesota Vikings will not start first round rookie Sharrif Floyd at defensive tackle to begin the season.

Floyd will spell Kevin Williams as his backup.

The Vikings do not want to move either Floyd or Williams to nose tackle where Letroy Guion and Fred Evans split time.

"I don't foresee such a dropoff with Letroy or Fred for that to happen," Leslie Frazier said. "That would be optimal if (Floyd's) able to get in the rotation, have success, and we can gradually add more to his plate as the season goes on."