Minnesota Vikings Roster 2012: Latest News, Cuts, Preseason Predictions

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Minnesota Vikings Roster 2012: Latest News, Cuts, Preseason Predictions
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The Minnesota Vikings concluded the preseason with a disappointing 1-3 record. The roster has been trimmed to 53 players and it's time for things to start getting serious. 

With the starters playing sparingly throughout most of the preseason, the Vikings defense still looked porous as the team allowed an average of 320 yards per game. 

The year's training camp and preseason was huge for the Minnesota Vikings and head coach Leslie Frazier. Only 30 months ago, following a 12-4 season, the Vikings were on the doorstep of the Super Bowl. Since that painful, overtime-loss in New Orleans, the Vikings are 9-23. 

Since taking over as the head coach in Week 12 of the 2010 season, nothing has been normal for Frazier.

Last season he had to deal with a lockout that cancelled all of the Vikings' OTAs and limited his exposure to the players.

With the highest draft pick since 1985 (when they selected Chris Doleman with the fourth pick), and a full season of OTAs, the pressure is on Frazier to quickly turn things around and avoid a third consecutive last-place finish in the NFC North.

When camp opened the Vikings, in an attempt to address two of their most pressing needs, opened with 12 wide receivers and 11 cornerbacks among the 90 players they had in camp. It shoudln't take long to determine if the Vikings have upgraded these two positions.

The hopes are that Frazier and his coaches have selected a roster that can begin the transformation from division doormat to playoff contender—a journey that needs to be completed in as few as years as possible.

The following slides will track all the moves the Vikings make through training camp and the preseason. You will be able to stay current with the Vikings roster, and projected depth chart up until the final cuts are made to meet the NFL roster limit of 53, on September 2nd.

Included are an in-depth look at each position, projecting the starters as the roster takes shape.

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