The Minnesota Vikings finalized their 53-man roster on Saturday. For the coaching staff, there's no time to reflect on any possible mistakes made. It needed to quickly scour the released players to fill its practice squad and then start developing a game plan for the Detroit Lions in the season opener.
In the NFL, as in most things in life, it's all about what have you done lately. It's a win-now league, with 32 teams vying for a chance to hoist the Lombardi Trophy at the end of the season. Coaches will tell you that the shaping of the final roster is a process that starts in OTAs and concludes with the last preseason game.
No single play or great performance in one of the preseason games against the other team's backups will necessarily secure a spot on the roster.
The process starts with 90 players signed to the roster following the draft in April. Even before the first cutdown date, players will be released and signed based on the needs of the team at any given moment. In the end, 37 players will find themselves looking for another chance to make it in the NFL, perhaps as a member of a practice squad with the team that cut them or another willing to give them a chance.
For the Minnesota Vikings, here's a look at their roster and 10 players who were either snubbed or surprisingly made the team.