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Updated: August 29th, 2014 9:28am
Counting snaps: Prater, Reisner play long as starters sit at Tennessee

Counting snaps: Prater, Reisner play long as starters sit at Tennessee

by Andrew Krammer
1500ESPN.com
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The Minnesota Vikings capped off an undefeated preseason with a 19-3 win at the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night. With starters sitting, the reserves got long looks as the exhibition blueprint would have it. 

Defensive snaps (47)

Safety
Kurt Coleman: 27
Andrew Sendejo: 25
Robert Blanton: 25
Antone Exum: 23

DNP: Harrison Smith, Chris Crocker, Jamarca Sanford (injured)

Thoughts: With the Vikings' 37:08 time of possession, Mike Zimmer didn't get as many snaps to evaluate the safety position in the preseason finale. All snaps were divvied up essentially equally as Coleman and Blanton started with Smith and Crocker sitting out; Sanford (quad) is injured. The only healthy scratches on Thursday were starters, meaning Crocker could potentially be the Week 1 starting safety next to Smith.

Cornerback
Shaun Prater: 45
Julian Posey: 25
Josh Robinson: 25
Marcus Sherels: 25
Kendall James: 8

DNP: Captain Munnerlyn, Xavier Rhodes, Jabari Price (injured)

Thoughts: Prater played all but two snaps as he got the longest look of any cornerback. Prater, Robinson and Sherels started in the team's nickel package with Munnerlyn and Rhodes sitting out. Including a 34-yard interception return against Kansas City, Prater has exhibited a steady progression through the preseason and should make the 53, if nothing else as Munnerlyn's backup in the slot.

Linebacker
Larry Dean: 33
Mike Zimmer: 30
Audie Cole: 25
Justin Jackson: 17
Jasper Brinkley: 17

DNP: Chad Greenway, Anthony Barr (injured), Gerald Hodges (injured), Brandon Watts (injured)

Thoughts: Without a trio of young linebackers to injury, Dean and Zimmer (the player) got long looks in multiple spots. Brinkley and Cole saw snaps together as nickel linebackers, which is one way to get the most out of their snaps as the coaching staff continues to evaluate them as middle linebacker options. Cole led all Vikings defenders with six combined tackles and helped force a sack with blitz pressure.

Defensive line
Corey Wootton: 37
Tom Johnson: 37
Scott Crichton: 35
Shamar Stephen: 34
Justin Trattou: 19
Chase Baker: 15
Fred Evans: 13
Isame Faciane: 10

DNP: Everson Griffen, Brian Robison, Sharrif Floyd, Linval Joseph">Linval Joseph

Thoughts: Wootton's strip sack and fumble recovery was the highlight of the Vikings' defensive line, however Johnson continued to play well from the interior as he sacked Zach Mettenberger for a six-yard loss in the second quarter. Before he left to a shoulder injury, Trattou recorded a sack with the help of Cole's pressure up the middle.

Offensive snaps (67)

Quarterback
Christian Ponder 46
Teddy Bridgewater 26

DNP: Matt Cassel

Thoughts: After sitting out the previous two exhibitions, Ponder got a long audition tape to go along with 35 career starts for the Vikings. Ponder played well, completing 12-of-15 passes for 121 yards and would've had a touchdown had Joe Banyard not dropped the pass at the goal line. Bridgewater went without gloves in the wet conditions in Tennessee and completed 4 of his 9 attempts for just 17 yards. Bridgewater also converted on a 4th-down quarterback sneak to make up for Zimmer's failed challenge on the previous play, in which Banyard was credited for an 11-yard run on 3rd-and-12.

Running back
Joe Banyard 36
Zach Line 30
Dominique Williams 27
Jerick McKinnon 9

DNP: Adrian Peterson, Matt Asiata

Thoughts: Banyard's 111 yards on 18 carries all came in the first half as he's another likely player who put a good audition for other teams down on film. The Vikings will likely go with McKinnon and Asiata to backup Peterson and if Banyard is cut and clears waivers, he has one year of practice squad eligibility left. Under the direction of Norv Turner's power running scheme, the Vikings rushed for 598 yards in four preseason games - without the former NFL MVP.

Tight end
Allen Reisner 58
Rhett Ellison 20
DNP: Kyle Rudolph, Chase Ford (injured)

Thoughts: With Ford still sidelined, Reisner, who played all but nine snaps, made the most of his opportunities by catching all four of the passes that came his way. Zimmer has a tough decision to make for the third tight end spot, though it may not prove to be tough for him as Ford hasn't been on the field since June.

Receiver
Jarius Wright 50
Kain Colter 45
Adam Thielen 38
Donte Foster 31
Jerome Simpson 8

DNP: Cordarrelle Patterson, Greg Jennings, Rodney Smith (injured)

Thoughts: Wright played 50 snaps, but was targeted just once, which he turned into a 13-yard gain. With Patterson and Jennings out, and Simpson seeing just eight snaps, Wright lined up in various spots in the Vikings' formations outside of the slot. If Thielen's hip isn't a long-term problem, he should've secured his roster spot further with three catches on five targets, including a three-yard touchdown grab from Bridgewater on the opening drive. Colter and Foster each had 19-yard grabs from Ponder.

Offensive line
Zach Kerin 60
Antonio Richardson 58
Austin Wentworth 55
Vlad Ducasse 50
David Yankey 48
Mike Remmers 46
Jeff Baca 33
Joe Berger 18

DNP: John Sullivan, Matt Kalil, Charlie Johnson, Brandon Fusco, Phil Loadholt (injured)

Thoughts: The Vikings started Richardson and Wentworth at tackles while the search for a swing tackle continues. Minnesota also worked Ducasse at right tackle and tackle Mike Remmers also saw 46 snaps. Joe Berger's role stretched to an extra tackle on the line since the Vikings were without both Rudolph and Ford as tight end options.

Andrew Krammer covers the Minnesota Vikings for 1500ESPN.com. He previously covered the Gophers men's basketball team for the Minnesota Daily.
Email Andrew | @andrew_krammer
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