The Minnesota Vikings announced their 53-man roster today with a few surprises among those cut.
Don't expect this to be the final roster when the Vikings open the season on September 9th against the Jacksonville Jaguars. General Manager Rick Spielman will be scouring the waiver wire looking for anyone that can help the team.
Here are the cuts as reported on Vikings.com:
DeMarcus Love, offensive tackle.
Emmanual Arceneaux, wide receiver: Arceneaux, the former CFL player, who was activated fro three games last season and made one catch, finished the preseason with only three catches, but with a healthy 20-yard average. There's still plenty of upside for the 25-year old, so he should land find another team interested, but most likely as a practice squad player.
Chase Baker, defensive tackle: The free-agent rookie from Boise State could did not play enough to get ahead of Fred Evans and Christian Ballard.
Chris Carr, cornerback: A bit of surprise for the former Raven who started all 16 games in 2010. Carr was beaten out by Zack Bowman and rookie Josh Robinson to make the team.
Jeff Charleston, defensive end: The deepest position on the team, Charleston was doomed when the experiment to move Everson Griffen to linebacker failed. The six-year veteran has a chance to catch on with a team looking for a solid backup.
Chris DeGeare, guard: The Vikings have finally given up on the the 2010 fifth-round draft pick who started five games his rookie season, but was unable to put together any consistency. Injuries, including a concussion suffered last preseason prevented him from establishing himself, and the Vikings are putting a lot of hope into Geoff Schwartz being ready when the season opens.
Ryan D’Imperio, fullback: The experiment to convert the Rutgers linebacker to fullback is officially over. This could spell the end of D'Imperio's NFL career.
Bobby Felder, cornerback: One of four rookie free agents the Vikings brought in at cornerback, Felder can be comforted in the fact he lasted longer than Chris Stroud, Nicholas Taylor and Corey Gatewood.
Eric Frampton, safety: The five-year veteran's spot on the roster was in jeopardy when the Vikings drafted two safeties from Notre Dame. Mainly a special teams player, Frampton is being replaced with a younger player that the Vikings hope to develop. The surprise might be that Andrew Sendejo beat him out.
Trevor Guyton, defensive tackle: The Vikings seventh round draft pick could still end up on the practice squad.
Lex Hilliard, running back: Hilliard basically ran himself out of a job. Going into training camp he had the most experience, but was beaten out by converted fullback Matt Asiata.
Tyler Holmes, offensive guard: Another rookie free agent who was a long shot to make the team.
Reggie Jones, cornerback: See Felder above.
Kevin Murphy, offensive tackle: This isn't the first time the Vikings have cut Murphy, but it could be the last.
Corey Paredes, linebacker: The best chance the rookie free agent had to make the Vikings was on special teams, despite the lack of depth at the position.
Austin Pasztor, offensive guard: The fourth overall selection of the Edmonton Eskimos this year may still have an opportunity in the CFL
Nick Reed, defensive end: The third-year veteran was caught in the same trap as Charleston.
Sage Rosenfels, quarterback: This move surprises me the most. Rosenfels played the best of any quarterback in the preseason with a 122.9 rating. Of course this is not the first time the Vikings got rid of him after playing successfully in the exhibition season. In 2009 he was clearly outplaying Tarvaris Jackson when the Vikings signed Brett Favre.
He will be signed by a team looking for a capable backup.
Quentin Saulsberry, center: A rookie free-agent that can play anywhere on the line, look for Saulsbarry to wind up on the Vikings' practice squad.
Mickey Shuler, tight end: A practice squad player for most of the past two seasons, Shuler had little chance with the Vikings signed John Carlson.
Jordan Todman, running back: Todman finished with 121 yards on 12 carries, but it was not enough to secure a spot on the Vikings roster. A member of the Chargers practice squad last season, Todman has a chance to end up on another team's practice squad.