BACKFIELD – 7
QUARTERBACK – Total: 3
Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel, McLeod Bethel-Thompson
No surprises here. Vandenberg has already been shown the door and with MBT’s strong showing against the Bills, perhaps he can develop into a talent of use.
HALFBACKS – Total: 3
Adrian Peterson, Toby Gerhart, Matt Asiata
Bradley Randle was a favorite to become the 3rd running back behind AP and Gerhart, but he has now been cut. Meanwhile, Asiata continues to sit somewhat comfortably in the #3 slot.
FULLBACK – Total: 1
This may be a surprise, considering Felton’s Pro Bowl season, last year, but it is typical for a Fullback to accompany his Halfback to the Pro Bowl. Now Felton faces a 3 game suspension. Line, meanwhile, has been very impressive this preseason and has shown explosive ability. And if you think the Vikes will keep 2 Fullbacks, well, that’s just not going to happen.
RECEIVER GROUP – 8
WIDE RECEIVERS – Total: 5
Greg Jennings, Jarius Wright, Stephen Burton
Jerome Simpson, Cordarrelle Patterson
This will come down to Burton and Webb, but Burton will win out. He has shown a lot of ability. Most impressive, to me, is his tenacity, blocking downfield.
TIGHT ENDS – Total: 3
| Kyle Rudolph, John Carlson, Rhett Ellison
Again, no surprises here.
OFFENSIVE LINE – 8
OFFENSIVE TACKLES – Total: 3
Phil Loadholt, Brandon Keith
Keith has been #2 behind Loadholt at RT during the preseason. Much like last season, there is need to keep 4 Tackles, as Johnson could replace Kalil, if needed.
GUARDS – Total: 4
Charlie Johnson, Jeff Baca
Brandon Fusco, Seth Olsen
Baca and Olsen are both versatile players who can play Guard and Center. Olsen brings starting experience to the table, while Baca is a rookie that could become a development project for future stardom.
CENTER – Total: 1
As mentioned earlier, Baca and Olsen have both seen snaps at Center,which could spell the end for Berger. The Vikings like to keep 8 linemen and Berger is the oldest lineman on the roster.
DEFENSIVE LINE – 9
DEFENSIVE TACKLES – Total: 3
Kevin Williams, Sharrif Floyd, E. Dawkins/C. Ballard
Ballard has not returned to the team since leaving during training camp, to deal with personal issues. If he does not return, Dawkins, who was a long shot for the roster, may make the cut.
NOSE TACKLES – Total: 2
Letroy Guion, Fred Evans
No surprises here.
DEFENSIVE END – Total: 4
Jared Allen, Everson Griffen
Brian Robison, D’Aundre Reed
LINEBACKERS – 7
MIDDLE LINEBACKERS – Total: 3
Erin Henderson, Audie Cole, Michael Mauti
The Vikings will keep 7 LBs, as they have for the past few seasons. Cole and Mauti have both looked good this preseason.
OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS – Total: 4
Chad Greenway, Gerald Hodges
Desmond Bishop, Marvin Mitchell
Special Team’s Aces Tyrone McKenzie and Larry Dean may both be shown the door. There is surprisingly a bit of talent to sort through at the LB positions.
DEFENSIVE SECONDARY – 11
CORNERBACKS – Total: 6
Chris Cook, Josh Robinson, Bobby Felder
Xavier Rhodes, AJ Jefferson, Brandon Burton
Maybe it’s all that hair, but it really seems that Felder has been quite visible this preseason. Though he hasn’t been great, he has shown some glimpses. Former return specialist, Marcus Sherels, will be gone, as his value as a CB is just too low.
SAFETY – Total: 5
Harrison Smith, Robert Blanton, Andrew Sendejo
Jamarca Sanford, Mistral Raymond
Much like LBs, we tend to stock an extra safety to help out with Special Teams. Sendejo has been pretty good this preseason.
SPECIAL TEAMS – 3
KICKER – Total: 1
PUNTER – Total: 1
LONG SNAPPER – Total: 1
No surprises here. Jeff Locke looks like a keeper.
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