Predicting Minnesota Vikings' 1st Wave of Roster Cuts

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Predicting Minnesota Vikings' 1st Wave of Roster Cuts
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The Minnesota Vikings are deep into their second week of training camp, and while many players are still finding their sea legs, time is getting short for those trying to impress their way onto the 2014 roster.

The reality of NFL football is that your time can end at any moment. The Vikings released defensive end Rakim Cox on Monday afternoon in order to sign safety Chris Crocker, according to Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press.

Crocker, a 34-year-old veteran who intercepted two passes last season, played for Mike Zimmer in both Cincinnati and Atlanta.

At this point, Crocker is probably an insurance policy for Zimmer, who might not be thrilled with the pool of safeties he has on hand battling to start opposite Harrison Smith.

For Cox, it's the end of the road in Minnesota. His release is an illustration to every player battling to make the Vikings roster that your number could be up on any given day. You might feel like you're on safe ground, but an injury or a signing can start shifting things around very quickly.

The Vikings begin their preseason schedule Friday night at TCF Bank Stadium against the Oakland Raiders. The first mandatory cut-down date is August 26, after the third weekend of exhibition games has been played. On that date, each NFL team will have to pare their roster down from 90 to 75 players.

Here's an early look at who might be facing the chopping block in Minnesota during the first wave of cuts.

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