Percy Harvin: IN
Harvin made his 2012 preseason debut on Friday and had a very good game. Harvin should finish the 2012 season as the top option in the Vikings passing game.
Harvin had one catch for 21 yards on the second play from scrimmage. Harvin had only one target on the night through two series.
Jerome Simpson: IN (suspended for first three games)
Simpson showed Vikings fans how explosive he can be after a disappointing first preseason game that saw him drop his only target.
He had a reception for 33 yards on the first series, where he leaped over a defender in the open field. He ended the night with three catches for 43 yards on five targets.
He needs to show that he can finally be a consistent weapon in back-to-back games.
Michael Jenkins: IN
Jenkins had a solid performance on Friday and seems to be a lock for a roster spot.
This past week, Jenkins accepted a salary restructure that may have significantly helped his chances of making this team.
After dropping passes last week, Jenkins hauled in his one target, which was a 43-yard connection from Ponder.
Devin Aromashodu: Bubble - IN
Aromoshadu picked up where he left off last week with another underwhelming game. He was targeted twice deep along the sideline and failed to make adjustments to secure the attempts. For a receiver that earns a paycheck by being a deep threat, he is squarely on the roster bubble.
He was targeted a total of six times and did not catch any of the passes. After Harvin and Simpson, the rest of the roster spots are very fluid and Aromashodu's stock is falling.
Because he is a veteran on a young team, he could earn a longer look while Simpson is suspended.
Stephon Burton: IN
Last week, Burton was very hot and cold, but seemed to settle in against the Bills. Despite the dropped passes, the Vikings worked him in early on Friday.
Burton has had a strong camp and finished the night by catching both of the passes thrown to him for 32 yards. The long play was a 26-yard catch, but Burton was stripped off the ball.
Burton has made good progress and seems to have a earned a spot on the 53-man roster.
Jarius Wright: IN
Wright, a rookie, has not made the most of his chances this preseason. After an average performance against the 49ers, Wright did not receive a target on Friday against the Bills.
He was used a lot in the return game, but was never able to return a kickoff due to touchbacks. He did return one punt for 15 yards.
Wright's spot isn't in jeopardy but it would be nice to see some glimpses of the talent that made him a fourth-round pick.
Emmanuel Arceneaux: Bubble - IN
After seeing little action in the first preseason game, "Manny-tron" finally showed some flashes.
His performance from last year to this year in practices led Vikings receivers coach George Steward to say that Arceneaux (via 1500 ESPN) "improved more than any player in one year that I’ve ever coached."
“That’s in (all my) years of coaching and in every facet. He’s going to be a player that’s going to help us again this year.”
That is some pretty high praise, and Arceneaux started to live up to it on Friday with an impressive 48-yard reception.
Arceneaux finished the game with two reception for 50 yards on two targets. He and Kerry Taylor could be pushing Aromashodu for the final roster spot.
Kerry Taylor: Bubble - practice squad
Taylor was a standout player in the first preseason game, but was quiet on Friday. He ended the night with one reception for nine yards, but had two catches for 35 yards last week.
He will need to step up over the next two weeks to earn a roster spot.
AJ Love: Out
Love was resigned when the Vikings waived Greg Childs after he suffered a season ending injury to both knees. Love did not receive a target on Friday after missing the first preseason game. Love may not have enough time to even push for a practice squad spot.
Kamar Jorden: Out
Jorden (hand) has now missed both preseason games and should be among the first roster cuts.
Kyle Rudolph: IN
Rudolph is emerging as the No. 2 option in the passing game for Christian Ponder.
While he only had a catch for nine yards on Friday, there is a high level of comfort between the tight end and quarterback.
John Carlson: IN
Carlson has been sidelined from an MCL sprain and hasn't appeared in a preseason game yet.
While the veteran is on solid ground with the team with a targeted return by first regular season game, he is missing extra reps with Ponder.
Rhett Ellison: IN
Ellison has shown his value as an H-back the past two games. He has shown a great ability to catch out of the backfield, operate as a lead blocker and be a force a special teams.
Ellison had one catch for eight yards on two targets.
Allen Reisner: Bubble - IN
Reisner is battling Shuler for a spot as the fourth tight end.
Reisner had two catches for 22 yards on both targets that he saw on Friday night.
Mickey Shuler - Bubble - Out
Shuler had one catch for 14 yards on his only target.
While both tight ends are not likely to unseat either Carlson or Ellison, they could find a role with great special teams play.
I think Reisner still has the edge in the matchup. During the Friday night broadcast, GM Rick Spielman said that all five tight ends are NFL quality and will be on someone's roster. This battle could come right down to the wire.