A Look At The Vikings 53-Man Roster; Frazier, Spielman Quotes

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 3, 2011 – 4:00 pm

The Vikings are officially in compliance with the NFL’s roster requirements and have trimmed their roster from 80 players to 53. Here’s a look at how they got down to 53 and which players comprise the roster.

To get from 80 to 53, the Vikings waived/released the following players: RBs Tristan Davis, Caleb King and Alexander Robinson; FBs Matt Asiata and Ryan D’Imperio; TE Jeff Dugan; WRs Manny Arceneaux, Stephen Burton, Juaquin Iglesias and Jaymar Johnson; OL Ryan Cook, Chris DeGeare, Byron Isom and Thomas Welch; DL David Akinniyi, Tremaine Johnson, Cedric McKinley and Stylez White; LBs Heath Farwell, David Herron and Ross Homam; DBs Tony Carter, Ryan Hill, Cord Parks (Injured) and Devon Torrence.

The Vikings also placed LB Jasper Brinkley on the Reserved/Injured list.

“This is a difficult day every year because of the tough decisions that have to be made,” Vikings VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman said. “We had a number of young players that made strong impressions throughout training camp and the preseason in practices and games. They earned a spot on our roster and we will count on them to contribute this season and help us accomplish our goals.”

That leaves the following players on the Vikings roster…

QBs: Donovan McNabb, Christian Ponder, Joe Webb
RBs: Adrian Peterson, Toby Gerhart, Lorenzo Booker
WRs: Percy Harvin, Bernard Berrian, Michael Jenkins, Greg Camarillo, Devin Aromashodu
TEs: Visanthe Shiancoe, Jim Kleinsasser, Kyle Rudolph, Allan Reisner
OL: Charlie Johnson, Steve Hutchinson, John Sullivan, Anthony Herrera, Phil Loadholt, Jon Cooper, DeMarcus Love, Pat Brown, Seth Olsen and Brandon Fusco
DL: Jared Allen, Kevin Williams (suspended Weeks 1-2), Remi Ayodele, Brian Robison, Everson Griffen, Letroy Guion, Christian Ballard, Adrian Awasom, Fred Evans, D’Aundre Reed
LBs: E.J. Henderson, Chad Greenway, Erin Henderson, Kenny Onatolu and Larry Dean
CBs: Antoine Winfield, Cedric Griffin, Chris Cook, Asher Allen, Brandon Burton, Marcus Sherels
Safeties: Husain Abdullah, Tyrell Johnson, Jamarca Sanford, Eric Frampton, Mistral Raymond
Specialists: LS Cullen Loeffler, P Chris Kluwe, K Ryan Longwell

“I’m excited about the makeup and character of our 53-man roster as we prepare for the 2011 regular season,” Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier said. “It’s extremely difficult to tell players that we are going in a different direction without them.  It’s especially hard when they are veterans that have been quality players and starters for us over the years and have been a big part of our team, on and off the field. They are good people and good players and we wish them the best in the future.”

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