What to Expect in Vikings Preseason Game #4

It’s really nice to finally have a rebuttal when people tell me my team stinks. 3 and 0 is refreshing for Vikings fans such as myself, even if it’s the preseason. Tonight, our men in purple will take on the Tennessee Titans at LP Field in Nashville.

Traditionally, the fourth preseason game is when you rest your starters and the young players get most of the time. It’s the finally opportunity for guys to prove their worth before the Vikings have to trim the roster to the required 53.

Basically, the main goal of Mike Zimmer and the coaching staff is to come out preseason week four with no injuries to key players. The best way to achieve that goal is to keep those players on the sideline.

There are some position battles that can still be won or lost tonight.

There was a twist in the backup cornerback battle this week as Derek Cox was cut. Cox, a fifth-year veteran, had a good camp and was the highest rated cornerback on the team in the preseason according to Pro Football Focus. He was expected to make the team. His release opens up the door for Kendall James, Jabari Price, Shaun Prater and some others to occupy his spot.

My best guess it’s a competition between James and Prater for the final roster spot. Adam Thielen performed well returning punts last week, so Marcus Sherels, a sub-par cornerback, could be on the bubble as well.

The tight end spot sure is getting interesting. After Chase Ford was activated, earlier than expected, Mike Higgins (formerly of the Saints) was released. That leaves Ford, Allen Reisner, Rhett Ellison and Kyle Rudolph as the remaining tight ends.

It’s rare for a team to carry 4 tight ends and six wide receivers on their 53-man roster. Norv Turner has a decision to make; does he keep Rodney Smith (I think Thielen has won the competition for WR5), or does he keep Allen Reisner. Reisner proved he can be a threat in the red zone Saturday night in Kansas City. He caught two touchdown passes from Teddy Bridgewater, bringing up his preseason touchdown total to 3.

Tonight’s game should be stress-free, as there is no chance of injury to the starters. It should be entertaining, though, to see the Vikings chase an undefeated preseason record.

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