Vikings Finalize 53-Man Roster

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 5, 2009 – 5:59 pm

The Vikings waived/released the following players on Saturday to bring their roster to the regular-season required total of 53 players:

DB Colt Anderson, QB John David Booty, FB Nehemiah Broughton, DE Martail Burnett, OL Chris Clark, OL Brian Daniels, OL Juan Garcia, DE Otis Grigsby, S De’von Hall, LB David Herron, DT Antoine Holmes, RB Ian Johnson, DT Tremaine Johnson, OL Andy Kemp, CB Marcus McCauley, TE Garrett Mills, WR Nick Moore, TE Jake Nordin, WR Vinny Perretta, OL Drew Radovich, DB Marcus Walker and WR Bobby Williams.

All 5 of the Vikings 2009 draft selections made the team.

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Report: Vikings Waive QB Booty

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 5, 2009 – 4:10 pm

According to multiple outlets, including the Star Tribune’s “Access Vikings” blog (which credits NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora), the Vikings have waived QB John David Booty.

We are unable to confirm this is indeed the case. But we will post the official announcement of the Vikings 53-man roster as soon as it is made available.

Stay tuned to for more information.

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Check Back Later This Afternoon For 53-Man Roster

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 5, 2009 – 11:55 am

The Vikings are in the process of putting together their 53-man roster, informing players they’ve been released (or are not being released). Out of respect for the guys whose faits have been decided but they have yet to be informed, we will not post any updates in this space until the front office is prepared to announce the entire 53-man roster.

Look for that announcement to occur right here on later this afternoon. Remember to also check the Vikings official Twitter page – @VikingsFootball – for any updates that become available.

The Vikings are currently at 75 players and must be down to 53 by 5:00 p.m. CT. Tomorrow, they will begin to finalize their initial practice squad roster. We’ll have the full list of players on the practice squad tomorrow morning, as soon as it becomes official.

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Final Statements

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 5, 2009 – 8:48 am

For players on the roster bubble, Friday night’s preseason finale against the Cowboys was their opportunity to make a final statement and showcase why they are good enough to be included on the Vikings 53-man roster.

There was a trio of Vikings that particularly stood out following the game. So, let’s take a look at each of them and then see what Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress had to say about them:

RB Ian Johnson – Battling for the 3rd RB job with 2nd-year player Albert Young, Johnson had an uphill battle all of training camp and the preseason. But he’s risen to the challenge constantly and the culminated last night in a 17-carry effort that saw him tally 61 yards rushing and 2 TDs.

“I thought Ian flashed,” Childress said after the game. “He had some explosive runs there and I thought he circled the defense well. He also ran it inside between the tackles pretty well. As EB (RBs coach Eric Bieniemy) says, that’s as good a group of running backs that we’ve entered camp with as any time since we’ve been here.”

LB Kenny Onatolu – An underdog roster candidate out of the University of Nebraska-Omaha, Onatolu represented the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association well with the Vikings during training camp. And he put an exclamation point on his NFL career to date last night against the Cowboys by recording 5 tackles (1 for a loss) and 2 fumble recoveries.

“He’s another guy that’s a football player,” Childress said. “He’s a quick study, he’s a guy that’s been around as a gym rat ever since he could be back on March 17th. He hasn’t missed any days…spends time in the building and his special teams obviously stands out, but he’s really grown in the defense and you can see some of his explosive components and some of his speed to make plays.”

WR Darius Reynaud – You hear constantly that the best way for bubble players to make the roster is to show the coaching staff that they can contribute on multiple phases. There is perhaps no better example of such a player than Reynaud, who not only takes reps during practice on several phases but also produces during games in several phases. Against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2 of the preseason, Reynaud hauled in a 64-yard TD reception. And last night he housed an 81-yard punt return.

“He’s a good football player,” Childress said. “And not just a good receiver, he’s a good football player. You saw him return some balls, he runs it down and covers on the kick team, he’s a very good gunner. It’s hard to play out there…you play in that vice out there now, that’s hand-to-hand combat. You saw him do some explosive things…I’m happy for him.”

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Roster Cuts Coming Today

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 5, 2009 – 8:23 am

The Vikings and the other 31 NFL teams must trim their rosters from 75 players to 53 by 5:00 p.m. CT today. This means that 22 players who suited up for the Vikings last night will not be with the team tonight.

There will be a formal announcement once the team has decided on its 53-man roster and we’ll have that right here on Throughout the day today, word may come from other sources as to who gets cut. But we’ll post it right here on the Blog or at our official Twitter account – @VikingsFootball - once it becomes official.

We’ll do the same thing tomorrow morning as the team fills out its practice squad roster.

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