NFL Cuts: Which Minnesota Vikings Will Soon Be on the Chopping Block?

Tanner ThomsSenior Analyst ISeptember 4, 2010

Running Back, Albert Young, taking the carry vs. Denver
Running Back, Albert Young, taking the carry vs. DenverTom Dahlin/Getty Images

As most of you do, or should, know by now, all 32 teams in the NFL must reduce their roster to 53 players before the season begins in five days from today (Saturday).

The Minnesota Vikings are a team loaded with talent that will have a tough time choosing which players are kept, cut, traded, or placed on the practice squad.

We know the ones that are safe. Brett Favre, Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin, etc. are all locks to make the roster. However, there are players like Ian Johnson or Logan Payne that will be on the "roster bubble".

After serious consideration, I have decided which players I believe are going to be on the roster when the Vikings travel to New Orleans, Louisiana on September 9.

I will not be including any player that is obviously safe on the team. 

Definitely Safe

Tarvaris Jackson, QB: There has been some serious speculation as to whether or not the Vikings would decide to keep T-Jack on the roster as Brett's backup this season. When Sage Rosenfels was traded to the New York Giants, the speculation was put to rest.

Unless something turns for the worst, Jackson is a lock to make the roster.

Joe Webb, QB: I doubt that anybody seriously thought he was on the bubble, but I felt as though I should place him under the "definitely safe" category just to clarify.

I'm highly excited to see what Mr. Webb can do for the Vikings in the near future. 

Naufahu Tahi, FB: I place him under this category because I just can't see him getting cut. Sure, Tahi is not the greatest of fullbacks, but he knows the system, which is always a plus.

Bernard Berrian, WR: I've seen a few posts that wonder whether or not Bernard's contract will factor him making the team or not. Look, the Vikings need wide receiver's right now. He won't be getting cut.

Jeff Dugan, TE: Jeff Dugan is a fairly underrated tight end that is very capable of making a play or two when he sees the field. He won't be a huge factor, but he's worthy of staying on the roster, undoubtedly.

Ryan Cook, T: Certainly not starting material, but a great backup. The bonus of having Cook on the roster is that he can play at almost any position on the offensive line.

Chris DeGeare, G: It appears as though the possibility of starting Chris DeGeare at right guard is becoming a very likely scenario for the Vikings. This decision would move Anthony Herrera to center, replacing the inconsistent, John Sullivan.

John Sullivan, C: Yes, he hasn't been the best in his short-lived career, but he's still learning the game. I would like to give him another year before the Vikings decide to either part ways or move forward with him.

Brian Robison, DE: Yet another underrated Minnesota Viking that can make a big play when he hits the field. Robison is a great veteran, backup defensive end that should be a lock.

Jimmy Kennedy, DT: Although he certainly hasn't lived up to his first-round status, Jimmy Kennedy has become a very reliable reserve defensive tackle for Minnesota. There's almost no chance that he will be released.

Erin Henderson, OLB: With several great showings in the preseason, Erin Henderson has ultimately solidified himself a spot on the roster. I'm very thrilled to have two brothers on the same team that can perform very well.

Kenny Onatolu, LB: Despite not being the best depth option, Kenny Onatolu is one of the better special teams players that Minnesota has. He should be kept on the roster for those purposes alone.

Jasper Brinkley, MLB: In my opinion, Jasper Brinkley could soon become the new starter for the Vikings at middle linebacker. Injuries have already caught up to E.J. Age will soon be a factor as well.

Asher Allen, CB: It's been announced that Asher Allen has been named the Vikings' nickel cornerback for the upcoming season. With that said, he will not be cut.

Lito Sheppard, CB: Stranger things have happened, obviously, but I see Minnesota keeping Lito on the roster for depth purposes. With Cedric Griffin's injury still a concern, the Vikings will need plenty of bodies in the secondary.

Jamarca Sanford, S: Many Vikings fans believe that Jamarca Sanford could soon be a starter in Minnesota's secondary. In his young career, Sanford's game has been excellent thus far.

On the Bubble

Albert Young, RB: Although I believe he will make the roster, Albert could be cut if the Vikings believe that Ian Johnson is the better option of the two runners.

Ian Johnson, RB: Ian Johnson has played well at times for Minnesota in the preseason. I'm still debating whether or not he'll be able to make the 53-man roster.

Ryan D'Imperio, FB: Due to his great performance against the Seattle Seahawks, Ryan D'Imperio should be able to make the roster. He's also one of Brad Childress' favorite guys in the locker room.

Greg Lewis, WR: He's a reliable veteran, so I think he will make the team. Nonetheless, Minnesota could go with Javon Walker instead.

Javon Walker, WR: Javon is a bit of a mystery whenever he gets signed to a new team. Walker has played very well in his first two preseason games with Minnesota.

Drew Radovich, T: Minnesota lacks a strong amount of depth on the offensive line. This one could go either way, but I think he'll snag a spot on the team.

Jon Cooper, C: If Herrera is converted to center, permanently, I severely doubt that Jon Cooper will make the team.

Everson Griffen, DE: When you get a talent like Griffen in the fourth round, you should be thrilled. Hopefully he will make the most out of his abilities.

Fred Evans, DT: Fred Evans is another very capable backup defensive tackle. The Vikings are one of the better teams at being able to use their defensive line depth.

Michael Montgomery, DT: He's performed fairly well in the preseason, which could earn him a spot on the team. This one's up in the air currently.

Colt Anderson, S: He forced a fumble against the Denver Broncos, but will that be enough for him to make the roster?

Husain Abdullah, S: Recording 18 tackles last season was great for Husain. However, that will likely not factor into whether or not he makes the team this time around.

Rhys Lloyd, K: Ultimately the decision to keep Lloyd or not will be determined whether the Vikings want to use two roster spots on kickers.

Likely To Be Cut

Ian Johnson, RB: Yes, he is on the list twice. I do believe Albert Young will win the battle over Ian Johnson when all is said and done. Nonetheless, Johnson should be placed on the practice squad.

Taye Biddle, WR: Biddle just hasn't done enough to show that he's worthy of a spot on the team. He is a potential practice squad addition.

Freddie Brown, WR: To be honest, I had never heard of him until a couple days ago. He'll be cut.

Logan Payne, WR: He's a decent wide receiver, but I, personally, don't believe he'll be on the team this season. This one is a toss-up, though.

Marquis Hamilton, WR: Definitely a potential practice squad addition. He's looked alright at times throughout the preseason.

Mickey Shuler, TE: He's a project right now, which will lead him to being on the practice squad for a while.

Chris Clark, T: Depth issues could somehow put Clark on the roster, but it's not looking likely whatsoever at this point in time.

Patrick Brown, T: See "Chris Clark".

Adrian Battles, G: Mainly a camp body. Good luck elsewhere, Battles.

Thomas Austin, G: See "Adrian Battles".

Jayme Mitchell, DE: His services simply won't be needed on the team. He'll catch on with another team if cut.

Letroy Guion, DT: Guion will likely be placed on the practice squad again. He's still a project.

Tremaine Johnson, DT: There's a chance he makes the practice squad, but not a great one.

Jeremy Leman, LB: With the Vikings' tremendous depth at linebacker, Leman will just waste away on the bench.

Nate Triplett, LB: Don't worry, he will be on the practice squad if cut. There's still a decent chance he will make the roster.

DeAndre Wright, CB: Wright would just get lost in the fold. Hopefully he will catch on with somebody else.

Marcus Sherels, S: Too much depth in front of him for Sherels to get a chance. Due to him being a former Golden Gopher, he could make the practice squad.

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