Vikings Training Camp

Training camps across the NFL have already gotten underway, and the Vikings will be in Mankato for their training camp starting on Thursday.  It’s an exciting time where the players will get more comfortable with the playbook, and the 90 guys currently on the roster will compete with one another and be whittled down to a mere 53 by the time the regular season starts.

With that in mind, I’m going to take a stab at predicting the 53-man roster.  This year it will be hard as there are a lot of positions up for grabs.  The Vikings drafted 10 players this off-season and signed a metric ton of free agents in an effort to improve upon last season’s terrible 3-13 record.  I’m breaking this down into Offense, Defense and Special Teams, so here are my predictions.

Offense – 25
QB: Christian Ponder, Joe Webb, Sage Rosenfels
RB: Adrian Peterson, Toby Gerhardt, Lex Hilliard
FB: Jerome Felton, Ryan D’Imperio
WR: Percy Harvin, Michael Jenkins, Jermone Simpson, Greg Childs, Jarius Wright
TE: John Carlson, Kyle Rudolph, Rhett Ellison
LT: Matt Kalil
LG: Charlie Johnson
C: John Sullivan
RG: Geoff Schwartz
RT: Phil Loadholt
OL Backups: Brandon Fusco, DeMarcus Love, Joe Berger, Patrick Brown

Defense – 25
DE: Jared Allen, Brian Robison, Trevor Guyton, D’Aundre Reed
DT: Kevin Williams, Letroy Guion, Christian Ballard, Fred Evans
OLB: Chad Greenway, Erin Henderson, Marvin Mitchell, Everson Griffen
MLB: Jasper Brinkley, Larry Dean, Audie Cole
CB: Antoine Winfield, Chris Cook, Chris Carr, Josh Robinson, Zach Bowman, Brandon Burton
S: Harrison Smith, Jamarca Sanford, Mistral Raymond, Robert Blanton

Special Teams – 3
LS: Cullen Loeffler
P: Chris Kluwe
K: Blair Walsh

On the bubble or potential practice squad guys: QB McCleod Bethel-Thompson, RB Derrick Coleman, WR Stephen Burton, TE Allen Reisner, G Chris DeGeare, DE Eric Latimore, DT Chase Baker, DT Tydreke Powell, LB Solomon Elmimian, LB Tyler Nielson, CB Marcus Sherels, CB Nicholas Taylor, S Eric Frampton

It will be interesting to see how they divide up the offense and defense.  They could go with four TE and 1 FB instead of three and two.  I have them keeping 7 LB and only 6 CB, but they could easily swap those, or maybe even keep 5 safeties instead of 4.  Ultimately, the distribution will likely be decided by who shows the most on special teams, as a backup’s value is primarily in special teams play.  So, it’s anyone’s guess as to who makes the roster, but these are my picks.  We’ll see how it all plays out in just over a month when the deadline to make roster cuts hits on September 2nd.

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