Alright, ladies and gentlemen. . .the cuts are in, dust has settled, and the Vikings have discovered the 53 players that they're going to ride into 2010 with. The 53-man roster, as of right now, looks like this.
QB - Brett Favre, Tarvaris Jackson, Joe Webb (3)
RB - Adrian Peterson, Albert Young, Toby Gerhart, Naufahu Tahi (4)
WR - Percy Harvin, Bernard Berrian, Greg Camarillo, Greg Lewis, Sidney Rice (5)
TE - Visanthe Shiancoe, Jim Kleinsasser, Jeff Dugan, Mickey Shuler (4)
OL - Bryant McKinnie, Steve Hutchinson, John Sullivan, Anthony Herrera, Phil Loadholt, Chris DeGeare, Jon Cooper, Ryan Cook (8)
DL - Jared Allen, Pat Williams, Kevin Williams, Ray Edwards, Jayme Mitchell, Jimmy Kennedy, Fred Evans, Letroy Guion, Brian Robison, Everson Griffen (10)
LB - Chad Greenway, E.J. Henderson, Ben Leber, Heath Farwell, Jasper Brinkley, Erin Henderson, Kenny Onatolu (7)
DB - Antoine Winfield, Asher Allen, Tyrell Johnson, Madieu Williams, Chris Cook, Jamarca Sanford, Husain Abdullah, Eric Frampton, Lito Sheppard, Cedric Griffin (10)
ST - Ryan Longwell, Chris Kluwe, Cullen Loeffler (3)
According to the depth chart over at Vikings.com, Asher Allen is listed as the starter at corner opposite Antoine Winfield, and he's also currently listed as the punt returner. Percy Harvin is still listed as the kick returner as well. Also, there are 54 players listed above, but Sidney Rice being on the PUP list means that he doesn't take up a roster spot for the first six weeks of the regular season.
There are a couple of things on here that surprise me about the depth chart. The decision to keep four tight ends is something I'm not quite sure about. Granted, this team has the capability to be a power running team, but with the current issues at wide receiver, I think we may have been better served to hang on to Javon Walker or another receiver. Of course, the rumors of the Vikings being connected to T.J. Houshmandzadeh started approximately five seconds after he was released by the Seahawks, and it remains to be seen how serious those rumors actually are. Don't get me wrong. . .Houshmandzadeh would potentially be a nice get, but when Sidney Rice is healthy again, you'd have real log jam at WR with Rice, Harvin, Berrian, Camarillo, Houshmandzadeh, and Greg Lewis. It's a nice problem to have, sure, but what the heck do you do at that point? Six WR on the roster really isn't practical, in my opinion.
Second, I'm surprised that we kept ten defensive linemen. We know how good they are, we know how talented they are, and we know about the ridiculous amount of depth the Vikings have on the defensive line. But I find it surprising that there wasn't another team that wanted to trade for anybody that we kept around. I assumed that Fred Evans, Letroy Guion, or Jayme Mitchell would be wearing a new uniform by this time today, but it turns out that I was wrong. Having ten players on the defensive line. . .all of whom have the ability to get after opposing quarterbacks. . .should allow Leslie Frazier to do a few different things with the front four during the course of ball games, and it will be interesting to see how they handle it.
What do you guys think of the Vikings' 53-man roster at this point? Discuss it below!