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Vikings pre-camp 53-man roster projection

Between the beginning of training camp and the Monday Night Football opener, the Minnesota Vikings’ roster will likely morph many times over because of injuries and players emerging or fading in camp.

The pre-camp 53-man roster below is the expected team if nothing changes from Day 1 in Mankato to opening night at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Offense

Quarterbacks


Sam Bradford is locked in as QB1 and Teddy Bridgewater will spend at least six weeks on the PUP list as he continues to recover from a severe knee injury, but Case Keenum will have to work to beat out Taylor Heinicke for the backup job. Heinicke can still be placed on the practice squad. 

Sam Bradford

Teddy Bridgewater (PUP)

Case Keenum


Running backs

Will the Vikings decide to keep a fullback? If not, there’s a chance that Bishop Sankey, former Titans running back, could win a job. 

Latavius Murray

Dalvin Cook

Jerick McKinnon

CJ Ham


Wide receivers

The status of Jarius Wright is up in the air. While he’s a proven veteran, he seems to have fallen out of favor with the coaching staff. When the season begins, Michael Floyd will be suspended, which leaves a potential spot open for receivers down the depth chart like Stacy Coley and Isaac Fruechte to win a job. 

Stefon Diggs

Adam Thielen

Michael Floyd (Suspended)

Laquon Treadwell

Jarius Wright

Rodney Adams

Isaac Fruechte


Tight ends

The No. 3 position is up for grabs between Kyle Carter and Bucky Hodges. The Vikings’ sixth-round pick could end up as the steal of the draft, but there’s also a chance that he isn’t developed enough to make a difference right away. 

Kyle Rudolph

David Morgan

Bucky Hodges


Tackles

The fact that Sirles can also play guard leaves open the possibility that someone like 2016 fourth-round pick Willie Beavers or undrafted free agent Avainte Collins could win a spot.

Riley Reiff

Mike Remmers

Rashod Hill

Jeremiah Sirles

Guards

TJ Clemmings’ adjustment to playing guard will determine whether he lands a spot on the roster in 2017. Zac Kerin may beat him out for the job. 

Alex Boone

Joe Berger

TJ Clemmings

Danny Isidora

Centers

Easton and Elflein are set at center.

Nick Easton

Pat Elflein


Defense

Defensive line

With all the additions to the defensive line, Shamar Stephen could end up on the outside looking in. Tom Johnson will also have to battle to keep his rotational position as Jaleel Johnson and Datone Jones are also known as pass-rushing DTs. 

Everson Griffen

Danielle Hunter

Linval Joseph

Brian Robison

Datone Jones

Tom Johnson

Stephen Weatherly

Jaleel Johnson

Will Sutton

Sharrif Floyd (PUP)


Linebacker

It appears Robinson is in the lead to take over Chad Greenway’s old job, which could mean the Vikings would lean toward recent draft picks rather than veteran Emmanuel Lamur. If Elijah Lee shows some promise, he could win a job or end up on the practice squad. 

Eric Kendricks

Anthony Barr

Edmond Robinson

Ben Gedeon

Kentrell Brothers


Cornerback

The Vikings haven’t yet signed a veteran cornerback to provide more depth behind the top four. It will be up to Jabari Price to show he belongs. Also, if Rodney Adams emerges as a kick and punt returner, the Vikings could move on from Sherels and include a player like Tre Roberson instead. 

Xavier Rhodes

Terence Newman

Trae Waynes

Mackensie Alexander

Jabari Price

Marcus Sherels


Safety

Antone Exum Jr. will be looking to come back from injury to win a role, but if Jack Tocho quickly adapts from corner to safety, he could stick on the 53. 

Harrison Smith

Andrew Sendejo

Jayron Kearse

Anthony Harris

Jack Tocho


Special teams

Kicker

Kai Forbath

Punter

Ryan Quigley

Long snapper

Kevin McDermott

Practice squad

QB, Taylor Heinicke

WR, Stacy Coley

WR, Moritz Bohringer

TE, Kyle Carter

OL, Aviante Collins

OL, Willie Beavers

DE, Odenigbo, Ifeadi

LB, Elijah Lee

CB, Tre Roberson

  • Wilbur One

    I’m just guessing here that if Heinicke goes to the PS, he’s headed on down the McLeod Bethel-Thompson road.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McLeod_Bethel-Thompson

  • Ken Tomlin

    I think if the team tries to sneak E. Lee through to the practice squad, some other team will snatch him up. Can’t see Wright making the 53 this year. Fruchette/Coley will make the squad. Ham, will most likely end up on the PS. Look for them to keep an extra O-Lineman or CB/S. As far as the QB battle. I really believe that due to his salary and their high hopes on him, Heinecke will make the 53. Keenum only has like $1.5 million in dead $ if they cut him. Heinecke could then start on the 53 and move to the PS if needed when/if Teddy comes back.

    • Wilbur One

      Players must clear waivers to get to the PS. That’s why I think Heinicke is gone if the team tries to get him to the PS. I don’t think they’ll try that unless they have some other additional player option that they like better as a third QB. I don’t think he’s passing Keenum on the depth chart either. They signed Keenum to back up Bradford. I think that doesn’t change. Wrt to Teddy; if he’s not an active participant in training camp practice, then he goes to the “reserve PUP list” and doesn’t count on the roster until activated. I’m assuming at this point that he starts training camp on the Reserve PUP list and stays there til he’s eligible for IR designation which also keeps him off the 53 man roster for the entire year. This scenario is beneficial to the team wrt salary. I predict that this is the outcome notwithstanding recent pics of Teddy without his brace. It seems like activating Teddy before training camp would be a mistake since it increases his chances of re-injury, and it does have expensive cap implications down the road. Is there an alternative QB3 out there? They do exist ya know.

      • Gordon Guffey

        I just saw the photos of Teddy without the knee brace ~ The young man has come a long way for sure ~ However it look like to me he was still kind of dragging that leg in OTA’s and when he moved up in the pocket that really seem to stand out ~ Nor so much dropping though ~ I’m hopeful for the young man but it could still be a big push from him to make it back this year ~ I agree it will be Bradford~Keenum~Heinicke starting the season ~ I have a gut feeling it will also end that way as well ~ Didn’t we ready somewhere here and elsewhere that keeping Teddy on the pup for the whole season rolled this year over to 2018 on his 5th year option ~ ??? If that is the case then it would be good for Teddy to have another full year to recover not just for his hopes of playing again but foe the rest of his life also ~ It would also good business by the Vikings so they are not caught without a QB in 2018 if they let Bradford walk ~ I dont see it happening but one never knows ~ They could also bring back Keenum & Heinicke and have a open competition for the starting job for 2018 ~ And if thats the way it works out I could see them spending another high draft pick on a QB to boot ~ Maybe even moving up in round one if they have any worries about Teddy returning to form ~ I was reading earlier over on vikings.com and they were breaking down Bradford’s numbers before and after Norv ~ Bradford played much better than some think ~ If the OL holds up and the RB’s are as good as I believe they will be
        ((( run~catch~pass block ))) I’m looking for Bradford to have a much better season than he had last year with the offense having a full offseason for Shurmur to install his offense for everyone to get on the same page ~
        In the end if they let Bradford walk after the season the good thing is Shurmur offense should be a great fit for Bridgewater~Keenum~Heinicke and whoever they might draft heading into 2018 ~
        I know this was a long reply ~ Haven’t been on in a while ~ I guess it shows ~ LOL

        • Wilbur One

          Good points all.

        • David Prestin

          I see teddy on pup at least first 6 weeks. So, vikes will have all 3 of the other QBs on the roster…..unless they get cheap and tell old man backup from last season to stay by his phone in case of injuries and let Heineken go.

          • Wilbur One

            Shaun should stay gone.

          • Gordon Guffey

            If you are talking about Hill he is debating retirement ~ Most likely waiting to see if anyone loses a QB to injury ~ LOL ~ Plus if they keep Teddy on the pup for all of 2017 ((( I read it again this past week ))) they will hold his rights in 2018 ~ The good thing is Teddy will get to do everything with the Vikings as far as the weight room and setting in on meeting plus I’m sure the coaches will work with him on the side to make sure he is up to speed so 2018 will give him two full years of recovery along with time to learn Shurmur offense ~ I dont have a clue about how this will play out but I do know there have been reports about the benefits keeping him on the PUP list for the whole season~ I’m just guessing based on what I have read ~ Smile Face 🙂

  • Gordon Guffey

    I think Heinicke is the 3rd QB while Teddy stays on the PUP list all season giving him another year to recover and letting the Vikings count next year as if it was his 4th season ~ I think he and Floyd both spend the year on PUP ~ While it would be great to have both back and healthy I just see it happening for either of them ~ They both could use a year if they are ever to really return form ~

    Other than that I can’t disagree with any of the picks made though I’m sure there will be one of two surprises ~

  • Ben Schockley

    I count 56 players? Did we forget to count the special teams players?

    • Bob T.

      I think you forgot that PUP and Floyd’s suspension doesn’t count against the 53.

  • cka2nd

    With Bradford and Keenum on 1-year deals and Bridgewater’s recovery still far from over, Heinicke will be on the 53-man roster, especially since he’d never make it through waivers to get on the practice squad.

    I don’t see the team keeping Wright as the fifth man on the depth chart at WR, so once M. Floyd’s suspension is over, I think he’s gone. Given Hodges’ collegiate experience as more of a wide receiver than tight end, the team could even only carry five official wideouts.

    I still think Zac Kerin’s versatility might keep him around, with Isidora going to the PS.

    Wetherley is a good bet to return to the PS if either Lemur or Lee are able to crack the roster.

    I’d guess that Roberson beats out Price for CB5.

    It’s Harris vs. Exum vs. Tochco for back-up free safety, but if one or two of them show that they could also play slot corner if called upon, two of the three might make the roster. If I had to bet, Tochco goes to the PS.

    Isidora and Tochco replace Heinicke and Roberson on the practice squad.

    I agree with Gordon that Bridgewater and S. Floyd will be on the PUP the whole season.

    • Wilbur One

      Actually, they’d go from PUP to IR after week six. But still don’t count on the 53.





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