After going undrafted, these players came into camp as long shots to even make the team. Now, with an opportunity to show what they got, they're hoping to be the next Marcus Sherels or Larry Dean, the most recent undrafted rookies to make the Vikings roster.
Here's a quick rundown of the Vikings' rookie free agents.
Chase Baker, DT, Boise State: He is credited with one tackle. There's too little data to make a grade on Baker, and there's no way he makes the roster.
Bridger Buche, OG, Eastern Michigan: Buche was signed by Pittsburgh as a rookie free agent and was in their camp. The Vikings signed him on August 4th after the Steelers released him.
Like many of the offensive linemen on this list, I have not seen enough to be able to provide a grade. The fact that this is his second team this preseason does not bode well.
Derrick Coleman, RB, UCLA: Coleman has seen more action than any other undrafted rookie. He is competing with Lex Hilliard to make the team as the third running back. He is tied with Toby Gerhart with 11 carries in the two preseason games. He has 35 yards, for a 3.2-yard average.
Grant Cook, OL, Arkansas: The Vikings signed Cook after he was released by the Packers. According to yardbarker.com, he is a a versatile player who can play both tackle and guard.
Bobby Felder, DB, Nicholls State: So far, Felder has no stats this preseason. Before the preseason schedule, Mike Wobschall from Vikings.com had identified Felder as one of 10 Vikings off to a quick start. I have not seen enough of him to make a fair assessment.
Corey Gatewood, DB, Stanford: Gatewood is credited with two tackles. He falls into the same boat with Felder, an undrafted rookie trying to make the Vikings.
These two are competing with free-agent veterans Chris Carr and Zack Bowman, as well as Marcus Sherels for, maybe, one spot.
Tyler Holmes, OG, Tulsa: I have no data on Holmes, a rookie from Tulsa to make an assessment. Holmes is a 6'5", 308-pound offensive guard from Ottawa, Ontario. He was drafted by Toronto of the CFL last year, but opted to return to Tulsa for his senior year.
He has the size, but there is a reason he went undrafted. Best bet, he ends up on the practice squad.
Anthony Jacobs, DE, Minnesota: Jacobs has three tackles and a sack so far this preseason. The problem is the position he plays, and the fact that there four returning players ahead of him—starters Jared Allen and Brian Robison, Everson Griffen and Christian Ballard.
Grade: C+—at least he is on the stat sheet
Kamar Jordan, WR, Bowling Green State: No stats from the two games for Jordan. Too little information to provide a grade.
A.J. Love, WR, South Florida: When the Vikings needed to make room on the roster, Love was the first player cut. When they lost Greg Childs for the season, they re-signed him. That's not a very big vote of confidence they have in Love. Love has not hit the stat sheet in two games.
Tyler Nielsen, LB, Iowa: Nielsen has three tackles this preseason, a 6'3", 240-pound linebacker, he started 20 games in his career. It will be tough for him to make the final roster. His best chance would be to land on the Vikings practice squad.
Ernest Owusu, DE, California: There's not enough to grade Owusu yet. He is in the same boat with Jacobs.
Corey Paredes, LB, Hawaii: Paredes is credited with two tackles so far this preseason. The odds are long that he will make the Vikings, even on special teams, despite how thin the team is at linebacker.
Austin Pasztor, OG, Virginia: A long shot to make the team, Pasztor is one of 12 offensive linemen on the roster. I have not seen enough to provide a fair grade.
Tydreke Powell, DT, North Carolina: Another player with no stats and not enough information to make even a guess. Powell has too many bodies in front of him to make the roster.
Quentin Saulsberry, OG, Mississippi State: The fact that Saulsberry started every game in his college career, at every position on the offensive line gives him a shot to make the team. Along with starter John Sullivan, he is listed on vikings.com as only one of two centers on the roster.
That could work in his favor. (Although Joe Berger has seen action at center) Like the other offensive linemen, I cannot make an accurate assessment with so little playing time.
Chris Stroud, CB, Webber International: Signed to the Vikings' roster when Nick Taylor went down with a shoulder injury. Having not made the stat sheet there's no information available to provide a grade.