Final Audition For Some As Roster Deadline Nears

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 2, 2010 – 7:37 am

Tonight’s preseason finale against the Denver Broncos represents a final audition for several players as they hope to make the Vikings 53-man roster. The Vikings began training camp back on July 30 with 80 players and tonight training camp officially comes to an end and the Vikings will trim the roster to 53 players by the end of the day Saturday.

For some, such as DE Jared Allen or RB Adrian Peterson, tonight’s action isn’t so dramatic. But for others, tonight could mean everything. Let’s take a look at a few position battles that are still up in the air…

Offensive Line: All 5 starters from last year will return in 2010, but beyond that the Vikings OL situation is uncertain. Rookie Chris DeGeare has performed well to this point and could be anywhere from the Week 1 starter at RG to the team’s #1 reserve. And what about Ryan Cook? He can play all 5 positions along the line but might have to hold off others, such as Patrick Brown and Drew Radovich, to make the team.

Wide Receiver: Last year’s breakout WR – Sidney Rice – is on the mend with a hip injury and won’t be active until midway through the season, so that opens up another spot on the roster. The Vikings brought in Greg Camarillo and Javon Walker last week to fortify depth, but there are others, such as Logan Payne and Greg Lewis, who are vying for playing time as well. All of these players have a chance tonight to step up and stand out.

Defensive Line: It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Vikings hold onto an extra defensive lineman or 2 given how well the unit has played in training camp and the preseason. Aside from the usual suspects, there have been a few standouts during training camp, including DT Letroy Guion and DE Jayme Mitchell. They’ll have a chance to solidify their positions tonight but others on the depth chart, such as DT Fred Evans and DE Everson Griffen, will try to use tonight as another stepping stone.

Linebacker: They might slide a bit under the radar, but the Vikings LB corps might be the deepest spot on the entire team. The team’s 3 starters are outstanding, and LB coach Fred Pagac has done a great job of shoring up depth behind those starters with players such as Jasper Brinkley, Heath Farwell and Erin Henderson. Given the importance of LBs to the special teams unit, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a couple more LBs (Kenny Onatolu, Nate Triplett) on the final 53-man roster.

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26 Responses to “Final Audition For Some As Roster Deadline Nears”

  1. By Scott on Sep 2, 2010 | Reply

    What is the latest on Cedric Griffin? His name has not been mentioned in quite some time so I would like to know when he is projected to be on the field again.

  2. By MGR4FUN on Sep 2, 2010 | Reply

    even with all that said there will be some quality athletes not make the purple squad and probibly not make it passed waivers …

  3. By mnsoldier on Sep 2, 2010 | Reply

    They can open up a spot or two by dumping Tjack,Klienslauser,Lewis. We have good young talent that will be of more use to the team than them. Its a business so sentimentality has nothing to do with nothing. It is all about what have you done for me today. The players want the big bucks deal with the low side of the deal. Pack your bags and move down the road.

  4. By Scott on Sep 2, 2010 | Reply

    Sorry “mnsoldier” but I agree with you only in-part. Tjack & Lewis…OK. In my opinion Rosenfels has impressive since the opening day of camp and recent additions to the WR corps has created the depth to make it through a 16 game season. But certainly not Jimmy Kliensasser. His blocking ability will be a key element to AP’s success plus we need all the help we can get to protect Favre.

  5. By PurplePeopleEater on Sep 2, 2010 | Reply

    MNSolder – Kleisassser? Are you serious? The offensive line is having trouble proecting the QB and you want to cut the best blocking TE in the league? Might as well cut EJ Henderson too. He’s getting old and fragile, and we have the good young talent behind him as well. Let’s just do what we can to make this an average young team rather than a team that can win the Super Bowl…

  6. By mnsoldier on Sep 2, 2010 | Reply

    I am not saying K is not good, but not as good as he was. He has been with the team for 14 yrs at some point he will be gone and we have some good new FB/TE that can fill the spot. Remember his first game, wow stunk it up with a fumble on the initial hit. And he came back strong and viable obviously. However Mills is not a rookie, and the Former LB turned Fullback will be a long term solution. It has to happen at some point and who knows if we will have a good pool to pick from next yr. Strike while the Iron is hot and available. That is why they worked so hard to get Favre back. Because they didnt trust the Qbs we have. I think sage will be a good Qb for us in over the next 2-3 yrs if they can let go of the Big arm experiment. Webb is a better long term choice as he looks to pass before running unlike other young QBs of recent history in MN.

  7. By PurplePeopleEater on Sep 2, 2010 | Reply

    At some point maybe. But not this year. If we’re always looking to the future then we will never win today. If you’re cutting Kleinsasser because of his age, then you should cut Brett too. Both are CURRENTLY the best at what they do, but don’t have a whole lot longer left in the league.

    Just let next year worry about itself for now. Let’s focus on winning this year. Our best shot at that will include keeping #40.

    After looking over the roster, I was able to select 22 players to cut while keeping all of our proven strength and bringing in the youth for depth. However I left WRs Walker, Lewis and Payne on the list and I have a feeling that we’ll likely be dropping one of them to ensure more depth at another position, such as OLine, where I only kept 3 backups.

  8. By PurplePeopleEater on Sep 2, 2010 | Reply

    My list ended up keeping 6 backups for DL as well, which seems like overkill. 4 would probably be plenty, but I have a feeling that 5 of them will make the cut with Kennedy, Evans and Guion fighting to fill 2 openings at DT.

  9. By Cory on Sep 2, 2010 | Reply

    Okay so when am I going to see the productivity from Everson Griffen that everyone was speaking of during the draft? He was projected to be a round 1 pick but this preseason I haven’t seen that much from him. He seems to be a young Ray Edwards, maybe he just needs some time in the league to shine.

  10. By Danny on Sep 2, 2010 | Reply

    Why AREN’T we going for Vincent Jackson??? The guy is a beast sitting on his butt! Fave Jackson connection?? That’s enough to scare the cheese out of GB sails!

  11. By Pat the Viking on Sep 2, 2010 | Reply

    I wonder why Mike hasn’t posted anything about Letroy Guion (DT) – he said that he would give us a report on him and his performance

  12. By Bruce on Sep 2, 2010 | Reply

    The Vikings did check into Vincent Jackson, the trouble is that he wants a 5 year hefty contract. If he was willing to sign for just one year then that would be a different story.

  13. By Rogerthevikefan on Sep 2, 2010 | Reply

    The oline needs to get their heads out of their culective behinds and block so ap or ay or tg or DR don’t have to try and block 2 or more linebackers. Work harder so farve wont get broken. Why would you ever even think about getting rid of the BIG K. That would be like getting rid of the thing that this team needs the most some one that can pass block. We could cut tahi and keep dimperio.

  14. By CA Norwegian on Sep 2, 2010 | Reply

    Klienslauser should not be dismissed so quickly soldier. If anything the championship game showed we need to max protect. I say put Klienslauser in the backfield along with Shenk or another TE. Put Five on the line and three in the pattern.(one could be AP) If they blitz you have a coin pocket within the pocket. It matters not so much where they come from as long as the coin pocketers meets them where they are going. (to Favre) This would simplify the blocking and the linemen up front just make sure they put a helmet on somebody. If they play coverage, then the Big backs can be relief valves and get something positive when the coverage wins downfield.

  15. By Woodboat on Sep 2, 2010 | Reply

    I see where you are going, CA Norwegian, but I don’t think it’ll work. 5 on the line, 3 in the backfield, 1 QB…. that leaves 2 WRs. If you think the opposition is loading the box on defense now, wait til all they need to do is cover 2 wide outs and guys coming through the line. Nah, stick with 6 on the line and a back that can block a blitzer. Keep a quick outlet receiver every play and work the old ‘greatest show on turf” angle. 3 step drop and POW! Worked for Warner, it’d work here.

  16. By PurplePeopleEater on Sep 2, 2010 | Reply

    Woodboat – Read CA’s comment a little closer. It says to put 3 in the pattern – i.e. 3 Receivers running routes, leaving 2 guys behind the line (such as Kliensasser and Shank) to pick up blitzes. In the even that defenders decide to cover the receivers rather than blitz, the 2 extra blockers would realize that they are not making a difference in protection and proceed to roll out into a short pattern. It creates a double edged sword – the defense can choose to blitz and TRY to get through all the blockers, leaving 3 receivers single covered against the most intelligent QB in football; or cover the 3 receivers and allow the underneath pass to open up once the blocking backs realize there is no one to block.

  17. By Woodboat on Sep 2, 2010 | Reply

    You are correct, sir. I misread his post. I don’t know that I’d lke to split AP out wide or even in the slot, prefering to leave him in the backfield. Nothing signals pass to the defense like 2 TEs and no RB in the backfield :) That being said, having 2 wideouts, AP and a Fullback in the backfield, and Shank on the line splitting off on a passing route is basically what the VIkes do if they are trying to protect the QB. When they aren’t, 2 wide outs, 1 in the slot, and shank doing his thing, with an RB back to help out #4. If you only have AP in the backfield when he is gonna run it and don’t ask him to pass block, he’s gonna be a failure.

  18. By Douglas Que on Sep 2, 2010 | Reply

    T J Housmanzadah is available. The seahawks are looking to get rid of him

  19. By Douglas Que on Sep 2, 2010 | Reply

    T.J. Houshmandzadeh is available . The Seahawks are looking to get rid of him. Should the Vikings invest in him?

  20. By TWVIKE on Sep 2, 2010 | Reply


  21. By ed on Sep 2, 2010 | Reply

    get houzmenzadah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. By Woodboat on Sep 2, 2010 | Reply

    Yeah, trade Berrian for him. Housh doesn’t have the drops that Berrian does.

  23. By Woodboat on Sep 2, 2010 | Reply

    I find it hard to believe, however, that they want to deal him if he’s healthy.

  24. By Lito on Sep 3, 2010 | Reply

    Vikes need a humongous 6’6″ 330 lbs offensive lineman. Then worry about a deep threat wideout and a cornerback/special teams player. Go Vikings. It’s Super Bowl or Bust. Welcome LA Vikings!

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