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NFL Roster Cuts: Minnesota Vikings release Andrew DePaola

The team needs a new long snapper

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When a team makes its final cuts to the roster to get down to 53, you usually have the impression that the team’s core specialists. . .the kicker, punter, and long snapper. . .are going to be safe, particularly if the team has not kept any competition around for them.

The Minnesota Vikings decided to go against that convention on Tuesday, as they have released long snapper Andrew DePaola.

DePaola was brought in midway through last season to replace Austin Cutting, who the Vikings had spent a draft pick on in 2019. He performed adequately as a long snapper, at least as far as I could tell. I’m not a great judge of long snappers or anything like that, but I didn’t notice anything glaring that he was doing wrong.

The team will no doubt be scouring the wires for someone to snap to Britton Colquitt here going forward. Who are some of the potential replacement targets? Gotta be honest. . .I have absolutely no idea.

Hopefully, whoever the Vikings pick up as a replacement will have enough time to jell with the rest of the team so that there aren’t any issues on special teams, as the Vikings really can’t afford to have any of those.

We still have a couple of other cuts to bring you, and we’ll have them to you in just a few minutes.