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Projecting Vikings’ First Wave of Roster Cuts

All NFL teams have until 3 PM CT on Tuesday to trim their rosters down to 75 players. That means that tomorrow and Tuesday, many dreams will be crushed while others will be given hope.

Last year, the Vikings released their first wave of roster cuts in the afternoon of the Monday before the deadline. They could release the cuts this year on the same day.

Typically, the first round of cuts include players who have no shot at making the roster; undrafted free agents and guys who signed after tryouts. Last year, the Vikings’ released players such as James Vandenberg, LaMark Brown and Camden Wentz, all of whom you may not of heard of. The point is, most of the guys that will be let go are no-names, but there are a few exceptions. Last year, former first-round pick Lawrence Jackson was among the first cuts.

Here is my projected first wave of cuts:

Brandan Bishop, S

Bishop saw some time late last year, but has been buried in the depth chart below acquisitions such as Kurt Coleman and Chris Crocker, as well as Robert Blanton, Andrew Sendejo and Antone Exum.

Pierce Burton, G

Burton, a college tackle, is behind David Yankey, Vlad Ducasse and Joe Berger at backup guard. He has potential, though, and should spend the year on the practice squad.

Kain Colter, WR

Colter hasn’t impressed enough at wide receiver to be considered for the 5th or 6th spot. Activism might not help his cause either (See: Kluwe). Expect him to land on the practice squad. Could be an interesting emergency backup QB if Spielman decides not to keep Ponder.

Andy Cruse, WR

UDFA signing just a couple of weeks ago hasn’t been with the team long enough to have a chance. He won’t get one.

Donte Foster, WR

Was signed at the same time as Cruse, and as is the reality of the NFL, will almost surely be jobless come Wednesday.

Justin Jackson, LB

Jackson was signed last week after the Lions cut him. He has impressive measurables, but hasn’t been with the organization long enough to learn the system. Plus, there’s a reason Detroit let him go.

Kamar Jorden, WR

Yet another wide receiver at the bottom of the depth charts. Almost none of these guys have actually caught any passes in the preseason, and limited reps=getting cut.

Zac Kerin, C

I haven’t heard this guy’s name come up at all during camp. With Joe Berger having a stronghold on the backup center position and David Yankey able to do the same at the guard position, there isn’t room for Kerin.

Kevin Murphy, T

Murphy had a good training camp last year, and was on and off the practice squad. He seems to be the lowest offensive tackle on the depth chart, and the Vikings will likely only keep one or two backup tackles.

Julian Posey, CB

Posey, who appeared in a couple games with the Browns last year, has not done enough in training camp to prove he’s better than Marcus Sherels or Josh Robinson, even though neither of those two have had a good camp.

Tyler Scott, DE

Another nobody, Scott is 7th and last among defensive ends on the depth chart. Probably not good enough to be on the practice squad.

Jake Snyder, DE

Like Scott, he is behind Justin Trattou, Scott Crichton, Everson Griffen and Brian Robison. Vikings are suddenly deep at defensive end, but Snyder shouldn’t fit into their plans.

Kory Sperry, TE

I think Sperry will be released over Mike Higgins because Higgins has had a little bit more time with the system. Both were signed as free agents during camp.

Ty Walker, WR

Another first-year undrafted wide receiver who hasn’t seen many opportunities in camp and preseason. Maybe one or two of these guys will land on the practice squad. My bet is on it being Colter, Cruse and Lora. But Walker has a shot.

Dominique Williams, RB

A small-school guy (Wagner), Williams impressed in the preseason with his speed but is still raw. A practice squad addition for sure, that is if he isn’t snatched up by another team.



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One Response to “Projecting Vikings’ First Wave of Roster Cuts”

  1. Jake mierop says:

    I agree with you as Kain Colter is a baller ! Give him a shot at QB Why not he sees the field well at 6 ft tall. He’s a great kid and comes from quality stock.

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