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Vikings Cut Roster to 53

On Saturday, the Vikings released or designated to IR 22 players. A couple were surprising, and most were expected. We’ll tell you what shocked us, and what the Vikings roster is going to look like going forward.

Cuts:

Zac Kerin, C Expected

Kerin was an UDFA who was behind John Sullivan and Joe Berger on the depth chart. I’m surprised he made it to the second day of cuts.

Chase Baker, DT Expected

Baker has been on and off the active roster for the past two years. He was beaten out by Shamar Stephen and Tom Johnson.

Kain Colter, WR Expected 

Colter, a college QB, has limited experience playing wide receiver but with quickness and sure hands, he can develop on the practice squad and maybe make the team next year.

Isame Faciane, DT Expected

An undrafted free agent, Faciane had a good camp. Practice squad candidate for sure.

Joe Banyard, RB Expected

Banyard had a great showing in the last preseason game but the Vikings had already made up their minds, giving Matt Asiata the #3 running back spot.

Jeff Baca, G Somewhat unexpected

Baca, drafted in 2012, was the backup guard for the past two years. He ‘ll apparently be replaced by Vlad Ducasse, a veteran who was with the Jets last year.

Donte Foster, WR Expected

This undrafted free agent had a couple sweet catches at the end of preseason game #4, but didn’t do enough to beat out Rodney Smith for the sixth wide receiver spot.

Chase Ford, TE Unexpected

Ford, coming back from foot injury, was expected to be Kyle Rudolph’s backup. Instead, both he and Allen Reisner were cut, leaving Rhett Ellison as the only remaining TE along with Rudolph. The Vikings will shop for one in the free agent market as cuts are announced.

Kendall James, Kind of expected

James, a personal favorite of mine, is another practice squad guy. A 6th round pick this year, he’s still raw but has blazing speed.

Justin Jackson, Expected

Jackson was picked up a few weeks ago after being waived by the Lions. He has impressive measureables, but wasn’t here long enough to learn the system. Expect to see him land on the practice squad.

Julian Posey, CB Expected

Posey, who played in a couple games with the Browns last year, was at the bottom of the depth chart. He had a pick vs. Tennessee, but that wasn’t enough to get him on the roster.

Allen Reisner, TE Unexpected

I predicted both Reisner and Ford would make the roster, and neither did. He had three touchdowns in the preseason, and showed a rapport with Teddy Bridgewater.

Mike Remmers, T Expected

Remmers being cut leaves Austin Wentworth as the backup swing tackle. I thought there would be two, but apparently not. Remmers had a mediocre camp and preseason.

Justin Trattou, DE Expected

Trattou had a shot to be a backup defensive end, but apparently they’re OK with having just Corey Wootton and Scott Crichton backing up Robison and Griffen.

Dominique Williams, RB Expected

I think this guy has the potential to make an impact next year or the year after that. He’s a little raw, and will spend 2014 on the practice squad.

Mike Zimmer, LB Expected

The aptly-named linebacker performed better than expected in the preseason, but still had no shot at making the team. Possible addition to the practice squad.

Kurt Coleman, S Unexpected

Coleman, a free agent signed in the offseason, had a good preseason with a pick and some nice tackles. He was expected to start Week alongside Harrison Smith.

Chris Crocker, S Somewhat unexpected

Crocker, a Zimmer favorite, was brought in at the end of camp but didn’t show enough. He was beat out by rookie Antone Exum.

Fred Evans, DT Shocker

Fred Evans is a top 10 backup defensive tackle. This is a horrible move by Rick Spielman and Mike Zimmer. He is a valuable and underrated part of the Viking defense. More to come on this later.

Antonio Richardson, OT Unexpected

I thought the Vikings were going to keep two backup tackles, and if they didn’t, Richardson would be the one. It appears he screwed up his knee in the game at Tennessee and was designated to injured reserve, so maybe we’ll see him on the team next year.

Jamarca Sanford, S Expected

Sanford, a longtime Viking, was also sent to IR. He may be battling for a spot again next year.

 

 


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