Predicting the Final Roster

With the preseason over, all that’s left for the team to do before they head off to St Louis for the first game of the regular season is to decide who makes the final cut.  Some guys had some high expectations coming in, but due to lack of productivity, effort, ability to execute the new coaching regime’s scheme, or unfortunate injury circumstances, many players will be looking for a new team tomorrow.  Here’s the guys who I think will be sticking around:

Matt Cassel
Teddy Bridgewater
Christian Ponder

No surprises here, as all three QBs will be staying with the team, at least until Spielman can convince somebody that Ponder is worth more than a foam cheese shaped head ornament.

Adrian Peterson
Matt Asiata
Jerick McKinnon

I like Banyard better than Asiata, and if this were my decision he’s the one I’d keep.  Unfortunately, there are smarter people making the decision, and I believe they’ll be choosing to let Banyard get scooped up by a team in need of his skill.

Jerome Felton
Zach Line

No need for any more than 1 FB in Turner’s scheme, and Jerome is too good to consider anybody else for the job. The coaches must have seen something in camp that we didn’t get to see in the preseason games, because Line didn’t seem like he had a chance to make this team.

Greg Jennings
Cordarrelle Patterson
Jarius Wright
Adam Thielen
Rodney Smith
(Jerome Simpson)

When I learned Simpson had gotten into trouble with the law again, I was ready to cut him loose.  I would have preferred the team drafted a WR this year instead of loading up on DBs with so many of their late round picks.  Now that Simpson’s suspension has been confirmed for 3 games, it leaves a spot open for Smith to fill.  Hopefully the team will be able to sneak Smith onto the practice squad after that, because it looks like he has a good chance of developing into something good in a short time.

Kyle Rudolph
Allen Reisner
Rhett Ellison

With any serious competition being eliminated due to injury, these 3 players emerge with one star recieving TE, one more very reliable receiving TE and the third specializing in creating holes for Adrian.  Big surprise out of the Tight End group, as the star of the preseason was cut loose.  It’s going to be interesting to see how this team survives with only 2 Tight Ends.

Matt Kalil
Phil Loadholt
Tony Richardson
Austin Wentworth

There’s been appearances that Wentworth is the favorite to be the backup tackle on this group, but I just can’t allow myself to think that Richardson is not going to get the job.  He’s an undrafted free agent who was supposed to get selected in the mid rounds of the draft.  It seems like too good of a steal for us to let him get scooped up by another team.
It looks like I should have trusted what I was seeing on the field, because even after his poor performance in replacement duty for Loadhot, Wentworth still made the team ahead my favorite for the spot.

Charlie Johnson
Brandon Fusco
David Yankey
Vlad Ducasse

Yankey should be pushing for Johnson’s job pretty soon, but it seems that the value of continuity along the line is being heralded over the value of skilled players.  Yankey still makes the cut, sending vets like Ducasse and Baca packing.
Another surprise amongst the offensive line, as they bring in a ninth player to help with their depth.

John Sullivan
Joe Berger

Berger is remains the most valuable backup on the line, with his ability to transition to any of the interior positions supported by his years of experience proving he is a quality backup.

Linval Joseph
Shariff Floyd
Fred Evans
Tom Johnson
Shamar Stephen

This group gets heavier than it should be just because there’s too much skill to let any of the three backups chance going to another team.  The team ditches a solid veteran backup in favor of youth and potential.

Brian Robison
Everson Griffen
Corey Wootton
Scott Chrichton

2 solid starters supported by 2 very promising backups should equate to a group of fresh players all throughout the season while rotating in and out in Zimmer’s scheme.

Chad Greenway
Anthony Barr
Jasper Brinkley
Audie Cole
Gerald Hodges
Larry Dean
Michael Mauti
Brandon Watts

My first impression is that if the team decides to keep this group at 6, it could be Mauti that loses the coin flip.  While he has more value as a future prospect, I think the coaches like Dean’s production on special teams too much to keep Mauti around based on what he might add to the team in future seasons.  These seven get the nod for now though, producing some solid depth for the back-end of the front seven of this defense.  Some extra depth along the group of LBs seems like overkill, so I’m expecting that a good handful of these guys will be contributing a lot on special teams.

Captain Munnerlyn
Xavier Rhodes
Josh Robinson
Shaun Prater
Marcus Sherels
Jabari Price

With Cox being a surprising cut in the first round of releases earlier this week, a roster spot is opened up for one of our draft picks, and after showing some flashes during the preseason Price ends up getting the nod.

Harrison Smith
Andrew Sandejo
Robert Blanton
Kurt Coleman
Chris Crocker
Antone Exum

This was the hardest group to select.  Of the guys fighting for the second starting gig, nobody stood out in the preseason. Former starter Jamarca Sanford misses the boat after piling up too many injuries to make the new coaching staff comfortable leaving him on board. Meanwhile, the second starter may prove to be the defense’s biggest weakness this season, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the team try to improve on the position early in next year’s draft.  
Proving that this was the toughest group to select, 2 of my picks got cut and a rookie with potential was kept on board in their place.  This group still looks very questionable, and I’d be a lot happier if the team found a reliable veteran who didn’t make the final cut on one of the other teams.

Special Teams
Blair Walsh
Jeff Locke
Cullen Loeffler

No surprises here as the team keeps the group from last year, who spent the entire off-season completely uncontested.

With those 53 (+1), here are the guys I expect to be looking for a new team or profession:
OC Zac Kerin
CB Julian Posey
DE Justin Trattou (After his performance on Thursday, he is one player who I think is able to find a new team)
DT Isame Faciane
OG Vladimir Ducasse (Veteran journeyman should also find a new team)
LB Justin Jackson
LB Mike Zimmer
RB Joe Banyard (Another favorite to be sporting a different jersey next week)
S Jamarca Sanford
OT Mike Remmers
WR Donte Foster

Cuts who the team should try to get on the Practice Squad:
DT Chase Baker 
FB Zach Line 
OG Jeff Baca 
OG Austin Wentworth 
S Antone Exum 
TE Chase Ford
RB Dominique Williams
LB Brandon Watts
CB Kendall James
WR Kain Colter

[The cuts are all due to be made on Saturday, so check back to see how close my predictions were.]

*Actual results have been adjusted for – the players who made the team that I didn’t think would are highlighted in bold green.  My picks who didn’t make the team are crossed out.

Vikings Announce Cuts

The full list of the first round of cuts is just about out, and there were a couple of surprises.  Free Agent acquisition Derek Cox was among those who most of us expected to make the team as either the Nickel or Dime CB, but now he’ll be looking to make his impact on another team.  Mistral Raymond, a safety who started a handful of games for the Vikings in 2013 was another surprise for this first round of cuts.   

Outside of those two, the Vikings have announced 12 players released who were going to be long-shots to make the team right from the beginning.  The Vikings still need to cut one more player in order to get down to the 75-man limit at the end of the day.  Of the players still on the team, I would expect this final cut to be a LB (none were included in the first 14-players cut), and my best bet is that it’s between Mike Zimmer and Justin Jackson. 

Here’s the current list of cuts:

Scott, Tyler DE
Snyder, Jake DE
Randall, Kheeston DT
Burton, Pierce T
Murphy, Kevin T
Sperry, Kory TE
Cruse, Andy WR
Lora, Erik WR
Walker, Ty WR
Cox, Derek CB
Steeples, Robert CB
Bishop, Brandan S
Raymond, Mistral S
Jorden, Kamar WR
 UPDATE! The Final Cut Has Been Made (Thanks for the info Roger)
Higgins, Mike TE

Preseason Week 3- Vikings vs Chiefs


Tonight Matt Cassel returns to Arrowhead Stadium to get vengeance on the Chiefs. This is our last preparation for the regular season as most starters will not suit up next week. Can Matt Cassel keep the offense rolling? Is Norv Turner truly a 100% chill guy? We’ll find out I guess…I don’t know whatever I’m depressed. SEND

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In the Cardz

Tomorrow the Vikings play against the Arizona Cardinals, a team that has one of the better defense in the league. It was stated earlier this week by Zimmer that Cassel could play the first half, which isn’t likely but defiantly means Cassel will be having more than 10 snaps like he had last week. It would also be a good idea to have Bridgewater face such a defense top players to help him get acclimated to what a truly threatening defense can do to you. This game doesn’t count, but it may possibly show a glimpse of what this team can do going forward.

Vikings vs Raiders

It’s game day fellow uglies. The months waiting for this next football season to start have dragged on and on endlessly, but the wait is finally over. Okay, so it’s just preseason, but that’s still way better than no football at all. So now we just have a few more hours to wait to see our team in action for the first time under the new regime, on a new field, and with a bevy of new players.

Tonight’s game will feature two of the highly touted QBs of the last draft likely for a large portion of the event while both teams try to determine how ready their rookie is for the NFL. Teddy Bridgewater, projected to be the #1 player selected for most of the time leading up to the draft snuck past team after team until landing on the Vikings roster with pick #32, and so far he has appeared to live up to his #1 billing. Meanwhile, the Raiders drafted Derek Carr in the 2nd round, younger brother of David Carr, the #1 draft pick back in 2002. Derek has some great physical abilities but early reports indicate that he’s not ready to take over as the starter in Oakland just yet, and may not get the job at all this year. Both teams have veteran QBs who have had their share of good and bad years under center as well, so neither team has a need to rush the early draft pick onto the field unless the vets start showing that another bad year is on the way.

Outside of QB, there are still many things to be looking for in this game. Rookie LB Anthony Barr was selected much higher than Teddy, but has gotten much less attention from the media. Will he be a quick enough study to earn a starting job for the beginning of the regular season? With Adrian Peterson sitting out, we’ll have a great look at Matt Asiata and 3rd round pick Jerick McKinnon and see how they’ll be used to replace Toby Gerhart. The team also has 3 new starters on the D-line, one other new starter on the LB corps, and a handful of new faces at DB so there’s going to be a lot of new stuff going on and it will be interesting to see how different this team looks with all the new faces and a new scheme both on offense and defense.

I AM Ready for some football!

Only 10 days left… to first pre-season game!!!

After a long off-season and extended wait to the draft, through the beginning stages of mini-camp and now to full blown training camp, the countdown toward the season is in full gear.

Yes, in 10 days we will see the first product of the all-new Minnesota Vikings! We the fans are now officially in football mode for the next six months, hanging on to every bit of information that we can consume.

We all await the biggest question to be answered before the kickoff to the new season…which QB will be our starter. Trust in Zimmer to use good judgment, but for me as well as many of us here on VFB wait for the day when Teddy B. is the uncontested #1 guy!

This will come…Teddy “gets it” and he will be the difference maker we have sought at the QB position for a long time.

So here is to the official countdown to the Vikings’ 2014-2015 season. May our Vikings bring back the magic of yesteryear with a renewed energy that will launch them into present success and future domination.

Good Luck Zimmer and SKOL Vikings!

Mike Zimmer

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Training Camp Just Around The Corner

With training camp just around the corner, the 2014 football season is just about to kick into gear. The tradition of holding practices at Mankato State University continues strong, with large venues for the public to come watch, get a glimpse of things to hope for in the upcoming season, and maybe even get an autograph or two.

Players are expected to report to camp on Thursday, and begin work on Friday. This year’s camp will be very important, as the team will be coming together to learn an all new system, offensively and defensively under the new coaching staff. Some players are showing up to hone their skills and improve their craft in an effort to turn things around for this team, others are coming to determine their place on the depth chart, and others still are coming to fight for a chance to be a part of the team. Rookies will be meeting and learning from vets. Old friends will be reunited and new friendships will be made. In the end, it comes down to determining how to get the best possible product on the field for the beginning of the season. I can’t wait for the fun to begin!

Which QB will start week 1?

Norv Turner has been highly complimentary of all three of the Vikings QBs, yes that includes Ponder (the great white hype/hope).

While it is his job to say such things, if they are true then the Vikings should be in for a great season, but the question becomes who should be the starter week one? Seeing as Turner and Zimmer have been pretty reserved on any such declarations I will let you all decide who you think gives us the best chance.

Over, under, or more of the same?

Out of all of the Vikings offseason additions who do you think will have the most impact? Who do you think was over paid? Will these guys show they truly deserved the contracts they got or will they make Ricky look like a kid who just wasted his allowance on candy? It likely is to early to judge seeing as they haven’t taken a snap as a Viking, but what is the fun in waiting when nothing is going on?

Pressure Rises Against the Washington <InsertTeamNameHere>

That’s right everybody, the US Trademark office has removed Washingon’s protection to their current logo and moniker.  Roger Goodell, Redskins owner Dan Snyder, and the NFL still all appear to be rejecting the argument that the name always was and still is a racial slur.  Nevertheless, the decision to change the team’s image appears to be imminent.  Maybe not by the start of the upcoming season, but likely within the next few years.


Oh yeah, and apparantly Trump had something to say about it as well.  So is this an argument being made by both those it is offensive to as well as those who are trying to help give them a voice, or is it something that is being overblown by people who have nothing better to do than find a reason to whine and protest?


Would it be enough to change the logo while keeping the name, in an effort to fool everyone into thinking the name now means something different?  Or maybe just a slight modification to the name and logo, so everyone can still scream the former name in the stands, and nobody would be any the wiser?

Or is this something that’s never going to change, and just going to keep on irritating the people with a conscience, simultaneously allowing them to irritate the rest of the people who are deemed racists for not wanting it to change?