The other day, I attempted to do a projection of who I thought the Vikings would keep on the 53-man roster. With the final roster having been released a couple of hours ago, let's see how close I managed to get, along with some comments about how the final roster ended up being structured.
Here's a quick look at what I had compared to what actually happened.
So, as far as I can tell, it looks like we went got
49 48 of the 53 spots on the roster correct. Not bad, could have been better. Couple of things that stand out.
-I'm kind of surprised by the decision to keep 8 linebackers at the expense of another offensive lineman. Then again, there are some linebackers with injury concerns among the group. I have to wonder if one of those linebackers (most likely Cole) will be the first on the chopping block if the Vikings look at other players that have been cut.
-Seth Olsen got moved to injured reserve because of the concussion he suffered on Thursday night. I think he would have made the roster had he not gotten hurt. Also surprised that the team didn't cut DeMarcus Love, who is looking at a four-game suspension, but maybe they liked what they saw enough to give him a spot when he gets back.
-Of the Vikings' nine draft picks in 2013, seven of them made the final roster, with the only ones failing to do so being a pair of seventh-rounders, offensive lineman Travis Bond and defensive tackle Everett Dawkins.
-The team only kept five receivers, which isn't terribly surprising. Like we've mentioned in the past, Stephen Burton had his moments this pre-season, but he also had a couple of lapses that probably wound up costing him. His downfield blocking will be missed.
-Matt Asiata over Joe Banyard is not surprising, but I'm still a bit disappointed by it. I thought Banyard showed really well this pre-season, but he just couldn't unseat the incumbent.
What are your thoughts about how the 53-man roster turned out, folks? Have you seen anyone from other teams get cut that you'd like our favorite football team to pursue?