Vikings’ Officially Set 53-Man Roster

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Aug 18, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Dakota Dozier (78) celebrates a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 18, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Dakota Dozier (78) celebrates a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota has officially set its 53-man roster to open the 2019 season. Of course, these positions are constantly in flux, so everything could look a bit different by game day. That said, here are the players with whom the Vikings will officially enter the regular season.

View the full list of players and cuts here.

Quarterbacks

Kirk Cousins, Sean Mannion

Kyle Sloter, preseason legend will live on in the hearts of Vikings fans. Rumor was the team was looking to trade him before his cut so they could maintain Jake Browning for the practice squad. Perhaps Sloter will eventually stick as a backup somewhere, but the Minnesota coaching staff always saw him a distant third behind Mannion.

Running Backs

Dalvin Cook, Alexander Mattison, Mike Boone, Ameer Abdullah, C.J. Ham

For the second year in a row, the Vikings loaded up on running backs. Ham’s wide spread of use (running, receiving, special teams) earned him the edge over touchdown machine Khari Blasingame. With Abdullah adding the return game element, Vikings chose to not make a choice between him and Boone.

Wide Receivers

Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, Chad Beebe, Olabisi Johnson

Arguably the most surprising revelation this year, the Vikings went very light on receivers. Brandon Zylstra was a favorite to nab the last spot, but instead, the Vikings loaded up in other areas and only kept the four guys who have consistently seen top reps the last few weeks. Former first-round pick Laquon Treadwell is officially no longer a Viking.

Tight End

Kyle Rudolph, Irv Smith Jr., Tyler Conklin, Brandon Dillon

A surprise camp standout, Dillon earned the last spot as David Morgan starts the season on PUP. Morgan will be available after the Vikings sixth game. 

Offensive Line

Riley Reiff, Pat Elflein, Garrett Bradbury, Josh Kline, Brian O’Neill, Rashod Hill, Dakota Dozier, Brett Jones, Oli Udoh, Dru Samia

Vikings used their extra slots to bulk up the front. Both day three rookies in Samia and Udoh landed spots, as did versatile veterans Jones and Dozier. The lone surprise cut was Aviante Collins, who seemed to be recovering from his leg injury. He is a top candidate for the practice squad.

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Defensive Line

Everson Griffen, Danielle Hunter, Linval Joseph, Shamar Stephen, Stephen Weatherly, Ifeadi Odenigbo, Jalyn Holmes, Jaleel Johnson, Hercules Mata’afa, Armon Watts

Nine of these names seemed like locks, as all flashed enough to land their spots. Watts was the one uncertainty, but even he showed some excellent potential, despite being the clear 10th guy. The Vikings have a deep, talented defensive line group, especially on the interior. However, it is worth noting that few have made game day impact to date in their NFL careers.

Linebackers

Anthony Barr, Ben Gedeon, Eric Kendricks, Eric Wilson, Kentrell Brothers

With the Vikings going light at receiver and defensive back, the prevailing thought was they would compensate with six linebackers. However, the Vikings went with all veteran presence here, retaining just five and choosing Brothers over fifth-round rookie Cameron Smith and second-year Devante Downs. Smith was one of just two 2019 picks to not make the roster, out of 12 (Dillon Mitchell). 

Defensive Backs

Xavier RhodesTrae Waynes, Harrison Smith, Anthony Harris, Mike Hughes, Mackensie Alexander, Jayron Kearse, Marcus Epps, Kris Boyd, Mark Fields

While the trade of Fields today could have thrown a wrench into other players’ chances, there were no overly surprising cuts here. Both rookies in Epps and Boyd earned spots over Derron Smith and Duke Thomas, and the other seven spots had no mystery to them whatsoever. As an undrafted rookie out of Clemson, Fields is mostly an upside play who struggled a bit in his brief run with the Chiefs this preseason.

Specialists

Austin Cutting, Matt Wile, Dan Bailey

The trade for Kaare Vedvik may not go down as an all-time miss. But trading a fifth for a kicker who failed to make the team three weeks later is not exactly a shining moment for Rick Spielman. The Vikings chose to go status quo, though Wile’s role as the holder could still be in limbo, if Beebe proves competent. 

–Sam Smith is the Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage Vikings and Deputy Editor for Full Press NFL. Like and Follow @samc_smith.

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