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The cutdown to 53 begins

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The Minnesota Vikings have begun the arduous process of going from 90 players to 53, as the first set of cuts began a short while ago:

Neither release is terribly surprising at this point, but both guys seemed to be in the running for awhile. I thought Beniwerke had a chance to stick around when Holton Hill’s suspension went to eight games and Mike Hughes was on the PUP, just for added depth. But when Hughes was activated, the CB depth solved itself, and with the Vikings seemingly intent on keeping Hill, they don’t need to carry an extra cornerback anymore.

For Taylor, his fall from grace harkens back to the halcyon days of Mike Tice and Kyries Hebert. Early in one of Tice’s training camps, he lauded Hebert as the standout player in Mankato, but by the end of camp he didn’t even make the team. Taylor was taking reps with the first team as late as the last OTA prior to training camp, but after a miserable camp and preseason, he couldn’t crack the final roster.

The Vikings, along with the rest of the teams in the NFL, must be down to 53 players by 3 PM central time on Saturday.