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Last Was Not Least: 7 Vikings Who Impressed During Preseason Finale

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 31, 2012 – 6:17 am

The fourth and final preseason game of 2012 is in the books, as the Vikings closed out their exhibition schedule with a tight and high-scoring 28-24 loss to the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on Thursday night. With the preseason in the rear view mirror, fans will now set their attention on Week 1 of the regular season.

But not so fast.

Before NFL teams can set their sights on their Week 1 opponent, an important preseason process must first be completed – the 53-man roster cutdown. Currently, the Vikings roster stands at 75 players, but NFL teams are required to arrive at the 53-man limit by Friday evening.

As Vikings GM Rick Spielman and Head Coach Leslie Frazier, along with their staffs, go through discussions to try and configure the right mix of players, they will consider the entire body of work a player has put together from the beginning of the offseason program in the middle April through Organized Team Activities (OTAs), minicamps, training camp and the preseason. At the same time, there’s no denying that the fourth and final preseason game has significant bearing on those decisions.

So, how did the Vikings preseason finale impact decisions Spielman, Frazier and Co. will make? Let’s take a look at seven players who helped their chances of making the 53-man roster thanks to a strong final performance in the exhibition season.

(The opinions expressed below are mine and do not necessarily reflect the views of GM Rick Spielman, Head Coach Leslie Frazier or the Vikings organization.)

RB Matt Asiata
Based largely on a solid performance last week combined with a good training camp, Asiata came into Thursday’s preseason finale with a legitimate shot to make the final roster. He’s listed as and is built like a FB, but Asiata has some RB skills – nimble feet, good agility, good hands and good vision. Against the Texans, Asiata registered a 6.1 yards-per-carry average on 7 attempts. For the preseason, Asiata has 23 carries for 134 yards and 3 receptions for 15 yards with 1 TD. Is it enough to make the 53-man roster? Hard to tell, but Asiata is certainly a player who helped himself in the final preseason contest.

QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson
It’s easy to get excited about the potential of MBT. He has a big arm, looks the part, and is a good guy to have around the facility. On top of that, he’s had a good training camp and preseason. MBT has not looked overwhelmed, and in fact he led the Vikings on a drive late in Thursday’s game that resulted in him throwing into the end zone to try and steal a victory. It wasn’t to be, but MBT showed some late-game poise during the drive, and that’s fun to see from a youngster.

For the preseason, MBT’s numbers look like this: 18 of 36 for 242 yards with 1 TD and 2 INTs.

CB Brandon Burton
The return of Chris Cook and Antoine Winfield after they missed 21 games combined last year along with the presence of 3rd-round pick Josh Robinson has garnered much of the attention placed on the Vikings CBs. That has allowed Burton to quietly go about his business and have a pretty good camp. He’s backed up that pretty good camp with a solid preseason as well. On Thursday night, Burton collected 3 tackles on defense and another on special teams; he took another step forward in his development. Burton has been more willing to mix it up this year during training camp, and that along with a couple of solid preseason outings might be enough to earn him a spot on the team.

LB Audie Cole
Perhaps the highlight of the entire preseason was Cole’s performance against the Buffalo Bills, when he intercepted consecutive passes from Tyler Thigpen and Brad Smith and returned both for TDs. But Cole was solid before that performance and he’s been solid since that performance as well. Cole began his night on Thursday with a pair of special teams tackles, and followed it up with a good performance on defense in the 2nd half. Cole was tied for second on the team with 6 tackles and defense and he led the Vikings with 2 special teams tackles as well. Frazier mentioned Cole during his post-game press conference as a guy the team could look at for depth should Marvin Mitchell be held out of Week 1 action after spraining his ankle against the Texans.

C Quentin Saulsberry
The Vikings offense was on the field for 83 snaps on Thursday night, and in that time they racked up 562 yards of offense. The man in the middle of the offensive line for most of that time was not John Sullivan or even backup Joe Berger; it was Saulsberry, an undrafted rookie free agent who has quietly hung around during the offseason program and training camp. With Sullivan in place as the starter and Berger a quality backup, it might be ambitious to speculate Saulsberry being an option for the 53-man roster. But perhaps the Vikings think enough of Saulsberry to keep him around for practice squad consideration. His performance on Thursday night in helping the Vikings amass a large net yardage total certainly helped.

RB Jordan Todman
Most will point to his 76-yard TD run as evidence that Todman deserves consideration for the 53-man roster. It’s true that the long TD jaunt helped Todman, but the speedster also helped his cause in other ways. One play that stands out to me came in the Vikings final offensive drive when he caught a screen pass, but had little room to run. Rather than trying to squeeze out every last yard, Todman wisely decided to run horizontally to get out of bounds and stop the clock. For the game, Todman finished with 114 rushing yards and 1 TD on just 10 carries and he added 5 receptions for 21 yards as well.

An ankle injury limited Todman for most of training camp and the preseason, so the Vikings have a limited sample size with which to judge him. That might ultimately cause the team to go another direction, but what makes the decision even more difficult is Todman’s outstanding performance on Thursday evening.

WR Jarius Wright
As a 4th-round pick, Wright was likely a lock to make the roster anyway. But after Thursday night, it’s clear the rookie receiver made the roster based on his on-field performance rather than his draft stock. Before leaving the game with a sprained ankle, Wright caught 6 balls for 122 yards, including a 59-yard TD in the 3rd quarter. Wright showed some explosion and some toughness.


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233 Responses to “Last Was Not Least: 7 Vikings Who Impressed During Preseason Finale”

  1. By Jake on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Not Aromashodu?

  2. By Joey on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Todman had sprained ankle not. Hamstring injury… Check your facts before publishing

  3. By TylerC on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    How Did Bobby Felder Do? Enough Too Make The Team?

  4. By Vikes4Life on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Bold prediction. MBT as our #3 Qb. I have a feeling we may have seen the last of Joe Webb.

  5. By Mark B on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    With how erratic he looked in the preseason games this year, I honestly hope so Vikes4Life.

  6. By odark30 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    I am sure we will get a look at this seasons final depth chart soon enough…Do not cut MBT!!!!!! Move Webb to a diff position and start training McCleod for send string QB

  7. By northwoodsv2 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Webb got moved…..to Houston.

  8. By Woodboat on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Stop teasing us, northwoodsv2…. :)

  9. By PurplHaze on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Like I said, Webb for draft picks while he still has value!

    If we let Todman go, with that break-away speed, we’re CRAZY! And the lLions would welcome him, and we’d be chasing him two games out of the regular season.

    SPIELMAN … BE SMART AND MAKE TODMAN A LONG TERM VIKING!!!

  10. By PurplHaze on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Devin was really no surprise, and Wright stepped up!

    Audio’s a keeper!

  11. By PurplHaze on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    *Audie

  12. By Parkway on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Agreed, toddman and MBT need to stay, get value for Webb or find another way to keep him on the team

  13. By Kyle on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Well if you go on wikipedia.org apparently we release Webb….and now they have him signed by the texans….so lets hope wiki is telling the future and MBT sticks around.

  14. By Parkway on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    It’s disappointing I thought Webb could end up being a Vick type player but into his 3rd year (granted he hasn’t had much playing time) it doesn’t look like he’s made much progression. Let the Hyphen stay and see what he can develop into

  15. By joe on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    i hope jarius can step in for Simpson’s suspension and show up. i look for us to go 2-1 in the first three weeks.

  16. By Parkway on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    If carlson can give some kind of contribution our WR/TE core should be okay while Simpson is out. We have a pretty reasonable chance of being 6-2 through the first 8 games if we just play decent

  17. By Jeff wildrick on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Todman is the real deal and under the tutelage of AP the sky is the limit for this talented young man. He has been a producer all his life. Don’t let this Gem slip through your fingers. You will regret it!

  18. By Bluebird7 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    All you anti Webb. Listion up! Rick Spielman was asked by that anti-Webb Joker Paul Allen about Webb. Spielman replied that he was satisfied with Webb. Spielman counts. YOU DO NOT!

  19. By An Individual on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    It would be nice to see Todman and Asiata make the roster, especially with AP still questionable. As haze stated Devin doesn’t need to be noted as he already will make the team and should dominate 2nd/3rd stringers. Wright’s performance all but guarantees him a spot. It would be fun if MBT made it through the final cuts, but without a trade of Webb it seems unlikely. His stats weren’t great in the preseason, he missed open receivers and this was against mostly 3rd string def.

  20. By Bluebird7 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Todman IS the real deal! Why keep Peterson? Look at all the zillon$ saved by trading him. The Vikings could then afford to find a Real Offensive Line.

    If we are going into the season with what I have seen so far forget 10–6. Or even 8–8.

  21. By Trenton on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    KEEP TODMAN!, CUT Hilliard, KEEP A. Cole, KEEP J. Wright. KEEP Aromashado. Its pretty dang simple Leslie Frazier. KEEP who is performing well and makes big plays and shows talent, CUT whoever is not, thats the only way to build a better team! In my opinion Ponder is a joke, the Vikes should have gotten Russel Wilson in the 2nd round this year and they would have been in much better shape.

  22. By Ann Z on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    I have always been impressed with Webb’s athletic ability…why not use him in the position he was drafted to fill–RECEIVER! We need his speed, strength,vertical leap and toughness there!

  23. By Mike B. on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    I am not sure if the wiki article is accurate, but it does indeed show that the Texans got him for 1.4M 2yr deal. I am suprised but skeptical of Wiki accuracy

  24. By Parkway on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Well it says he was released Tuesday and he just played last night so what do you think?

  25. By SoCalVike on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    We will be picking Matt Barkley #1 next year!

  26. By Parkway on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Barkley is an average QB, can we draft a new OC instead? Too predictable, just like our defense. Another bad season and Frazier will be gone

  27. By mnsoldier on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Trade Webb, he has just not progressed but regressed. being fast of foot does not make a quarter back, he just has not learned to pass with any consistency and we saw that last night, he gets frustrated to easy.

  28. By oDIm on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Webb is a most impressive runner, not so as a QB. His project should be cancelled or changed. When they defend against Webb, they defend against the run, not good news for the backs. When MBT can put a bomb on the numbers, the opponent’s secondary will not be able to key on the run. The backs should be screaming to keep this QB. Put Webb on the practice team to redefine his position.

  29. By RichardA1 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    I said it before, Webb is a so so qb, he will do not so good at qb and his running with the ball will have you thinking he can play qb. Why not we use his real talent and have him as a receiver? there is a open position!!!

  30. By Mike B. on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Someone playing games on Wiki no worries. Trying to generate buzz and being an a$$

  31. By northwoodsv2 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Commentators said several times last night that Sage was our #2 QB.

  32. By Mike B. on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    The darn wiki was changed since I had lunch. Anyone can update or change a wiki article. It’s a fabrication. Relax everyone.

  33. By Mike B. on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    It was just changed again

  34. By Mike B. on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Thought it was bs as the NFL.com didn’t have anything posted up. Nice try getting other’s goats.

  35. By Immure on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    See how anyone can post “facts” on wiki I wouldn’t put much stock into it being a reliable source.

  36. By John Wedlund on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Webb should be a receiver.

  37. By Mike B. on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    I checked NFL.com first as they usually get the “HOT” info even before it’s posted here.

  38. By JE on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Dont throw Webb under the bus when the offensive line stunk in the first half. Ponder is our future and hopefully we wont need to rely on the backup QB whoever it ends up being. By the way,did you see the guns on Ponder! That boys been in the weight room this offseason!!

  39. By Immure on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Some interesting cuts so far by other teams so far OJ Atogwe, Tim Hightower, Deon Branch, and Rookie WR Mcnutt just to name a few.

  40. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    @Immure…

    Where are you getting the info on the drops ???…

    Can you post the link ???…

  41. By Lance on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Just some food for thought…. there was once an amazing WR who played for the vikings that also threw a touchdown. He actually had an ok arm and threw the ball on certain plays. Oh wait that was Randy Moss! Make Webb into that kind of talent. I think its there!

  42. By Immure on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000056652/article/nfl-roster-cuts-tim-hightower-among-notable-releases?module=HP11_headline_stack

  43. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    @Immure..

    Awesome !!!…thanks… : )

  44. By PurplHaze on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Texans … If you want Webb, we’ll take a 2013 2nd and 5th for him. >:)

    Or, I’d be OK placing him on the PR to train him to be a WR. He’s just not cut out to be an NFL QB. HORRIBLE pocket presence!

  45. By Lance on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    I think we could use atogwe… not sure why he got cut.. maybe still injured from last year?

  46. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    2 names to watch so far being released…Vikings could have possible interest in…

    Immure posted one…WR Marvin McNutt from the Eagles..

    And another guy who had a very good senior bowl showing the Vikings coached during that week…WR BJ Cunningham…

    I expect the Vikings to grab a WR to take a chance on…And put that player on the final 53 man roster…

    Maybe a player like McNutt ???…

  47. By Immure on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    I think they should also take a look at WR Seyi Ajirotutu

  48. By PurplHaze on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Cunningham is the kid from MI State, right OT? As I remember, he was pretty splashy in college.

    I agree though. Really, picking up either would be an acceptable move. Maybe ask Ponder, SR, and MBT to watch tape of both and see which of the 2 they like best?

    Nah … Makes TOO MUCH sense!

  49. By Immure on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    He’s 6’3″ and had few good games filling in for injured WR for the Chargers a couple years ago.

  50. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Another WR of mention is Tori Gurley…

    Some fans might remember this is the WR from GB the Vikings tried to get from GB practice squad late in the season…And Gurley turned the opportunity down…Thinking greener pastures were waiting for him in Wis…

    Wonder how he feels about that move now ???… ; )

  51. By iaVIKE on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    There were a lot of people wanting us to draft McNutt this year, he’s not gunna outrun anyone, but he’s sure handed and has more upside than a Devin Aromashodu. May need some time on the practice squad to develop?

  52. By Bluebird7 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Why are you looking for more WR’s? For someone to throw the ball to?
    We already have TE’s who can also catch the ball. Geez!

  53. By iaVIKE on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    OTK you want us to pick up packer trash?? Say it aint so!! ha just joshin man

  54. By Spencer on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Marvin McNutt is terrible, thats what all the Eagles fans around here are saying..

  55. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    @iaVike…

    That is the catch…If a team wants exclusive rights to a player off the waiver wire…

    That player has to take a spot on that teams 53 man final roster…

    Otherwise the team that drafted them gets the chance to put those players on their own practice squad first…

  56. By iaVIKE on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Right, I assume that’s what Philly is thinking, that he may just need some time on the P squad

  57. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    @Spencer…

    Would you like to try catch a Vick pass…First off he is a lefty…

    So McNutt might have had to try and learn with limited time to catch a ball being thrown with reverse spin on the ball…

    Vick also throws a line drive pass…

    Just saying Vick does not throw many pretty pass es down the field…Could make a rookie look bad starting out ??…

  58. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Browns snagging our young talent!

    Osuwu DE and Solomon Elim LB

    this suks!

  59. By Frederick Jones on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    When Asiata and Hilliard were ripping off their long run, jones was looking for the reasons along the front line. I thought many of the good blocks were coming from the guards or center.

    Is it possible that Saulisberry could be the answer at Center for the MN Vikings. At the very least keep him on the Taxi squad to see if he continues to improve.

  60. By PurplHaze on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    I think they will, Fred. He played well last night.

  61. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    No excuses OTK. Spielman can’t say’ we wanted to develop our guys or no free agents until after week 1

    The Scout dept is supposed to be highly uptodate with this year’ rookies and udfa’s

  62. By Frederick Jones on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    @Bluebird7,

    Our Offensive Coord., Bill Musgrave was also behind Joe Webb in his presser before this game.

  63. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    @Fred…

    Good point about Saulisberry…

  64. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Fred Jones the Oline is iffy acoording to Frazier. Demarcus Love might be placed on season IR today

  65. By Frederick Jones on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Boys…ya gotta see… Joe Webb has so much potential. He is not a polished Quarterback, but he could develop the skills.

    He is a threat coming in at any time during the game because he can go coast to coast even if our line is not blocking.

    Jones thinks that they told him NOT TO SCRAMBLE during the pre-season, but rather to stay in the pocket.

    So they were deliberately limiting his performance to improve his play for later in the season.

    I wish they would have let him throw short p a s s e s to the backs, and a few bombs. But he was not allowed to do that.

  66. By Frederick Jones on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    @Sandiamond,

    Yes…but getting A.D. back could make all the difference any way.

  67. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    @sandiamond…

    I guess that was what I was trying to say…

    I would pay little attention what happened in Eagles preseason games with McNutt…

    McNutt’s body of work was in college…And trust what the Vikings staff and scouting dept their own player evaluations on these players…

  68. By Frederick Jones on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    @OTKalil,

    You would think there might be a good O Lineman on the 2nd or 3rd string. We may get to find out!

    I think a lot of guys that looked good in the pre-season games will get cut. It happens every year. They have claimed that they evaluate during the week, just as they do in games.

    I would be surprised if Todman makes the team. (Keep in mind F.L. Jones did not see Todman play. But the back was one of the last ones to play.)

    Todman not making the roster is an example of what happens in training camps. Sometimes guys that appear to excel, get cut anyway.

  69. By Frederick Jones on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Did anyone notice that the AFC East had ONE WIN among all four teams.

    Meanwhile Seattle was 3-0 at my last siteing.

    Pre-season games mean very little.

  70. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    B J Cunningham and McNutt some of the tallest in a group of WR’s from this year’s draft

  71. By Frederick Jones on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    By the way that one win was by the powerful Billy Bellichick whose Pats finished 1-3 with the immortal Brady at the helm.

    The fact the Vikings finished 1-3 does not have to mean anything bad.

  72. By PurplHaze on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    I think the major difference between those 2 WRs is Cunningham is “cold weather tested” because of where he went to school

  73. By PurplHaze on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Or good for that matter, Fred

  74. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    If I am Rick Spielman…This is what I would have had scout team prepared for today…

    Find me the BEST (tallish) rookie wide receiver out there to hit the waiver wire…Because that player will be on the Vikings final 53 man roster…

    Because when it comes right down to brass tacks…This team truly is in rebuilding mode…

  75. By PurplHaze on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    On second thought, scratch the weather comment. McNutt went to Iowa

  76. By PurplHaze on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    I think the same can be said for a NT, OT. I’m not comfortable that we have a viable starter at that position. Less than at WR even.

  77. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    OTK 3rd round pic?

    Carolina Panthers
    OL Amini Silatolu cut

    Just saw him play at guard the other night

  78. By Frederick Jones on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    @PurplHaze,

    Keep in mind that Kalil went against the best DEs and OLBs in the business this exhibition season, and did fairly well.

    Loadholt, needs to take a load off, and get a bit quicker.

    GUARD is troubling on both sides of the ball. Center is an average NFL position for us, jones doesn’t care what the ratings say.

    Do you believe the 29 (32) rating they give the Vikings? If so, we would be 3-13 or so!!!

  79. By Frederick Jones on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Freddie J says 8-8

  80. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    OTK this year’s draft was sooooo loaded with future nfl stars. I am worried Spielman is NOT doing enough to take advantage of cheap , young talent while it is available………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

  81. By Frederick Jones on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    @PurpleHaze,

    Check out that AFC EAST:

    Patriots 1-3
    Jets 0-4
    Bills 0-4
    Dolphins 0-4

    Jets and Patriots are supposed to be among the best teams.

    Seahawks were 3-0. What a garbage team!

    Vikings can do anything, but jones says 8-8.

  82. By 32frank12 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Come on Spielman! Sign Deion Branch just cut by Pats….this would def help out our WR position…Simpson Harvin and Branch going into Detriot….Would be deadly set of WRS

  83. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Green Bay wr tori gurley cut . this is the guy that declined vikings acquistion!

  84. By Immure on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Well the Vikings haven’t announced a cut yet to my knowledge so perhaps their taking their time and weighing all their opinion looking at the waiver wire and their before the decide on who to let go and who’s available to sign.

  85. By PurplHaze on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Fred, I think we agree on a few points.

    Kalil is an improvement, but then again what isn’t compared to last year.

    I don’t think Charlie is a good fit for the Vikes, and I’ve always felt that way. We still haven’t seen Schwarz play!

    I don’t believe ANY RATING coming out of preseason. I think the Vikes will end the regular season somewhere between 7-9 and 9-7. Preseason hasn’t changed my mind a bit.

  86. By Immure on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    I meant to write weighing all their options

  87. By PurplHaze on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Preseason is for evaluation only. It really means nothing.

  88. By Deuce Savage on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Move Joe Webb back to WR for depth at WR & QB – Keep Bethel as 3rd QB & certainly keep Cole at MLB & used anytime!

  89. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Amini LG/OT 2nd rd er’ shhhh……

    if not hurt maybe the vikes grab him. He played well the other sunday

  90. By Spencer on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Bold prediction:

    Cook makes the team.

  91. By Frederick Jones on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    @PurpleHaze,

    Yes, I agree with you across the board on this one.

    Those little cards that the coordinators carry around are further proof of how little they are willing to expose to the opponents. I bet most of the 53 spots were decided before this last game.

    We will know more by the end of the first game, and even more by the time Simpson starts playing.

    I just hope our coaches are good organizers. They will not play all 53 players in every game, but they probably play 30 quite a bit. They have to make the right decisions and get these men coordinated.

  92. By PurplHaze on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    LOL@Spencer

    Goin’ out on a limb there!

  93. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    I love this stuff…

    Its like having a second draft !!…

    Just hope the Vikings gain more than they lose ??…

    GO SPIELMAN !!!

  94. By VegasVike on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    The whole wiki-Webb thing has disappeared. Must have been a security breach

  95. By PurplHaze on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Yep! Let’s get those 53 guys that have that “I’ll do whatever it takes to help MY TEAM win games”! After all, that’s the main ingredient for success.

  96. By Immure on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Anyone see this yet about the person that died last night?

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000056988/printable/fan-falls-to-death-at-houston-texans-reliant-stadium

  97. By PurplHaze on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Yep! Let’s get those 53 guys that have that “I’ll do whatever it takes to help MY TEAM win games” mentality! After all, that’s the main ingredient for success.

  98. By PurplHaze on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Just saw the title earlier but didn’t read, Immure. Glad it wasn’t at MoA!

  99. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Spielman presented coaches WED with 8 diff 53-man cut charts. Some of it will be determined by injuries

  100. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    The players that scares the h3ll out of me that the Vikings might keep is Carr !!

    That guy is terrible !!…

  101. By PurplHaze on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    It is, OT! Really scary!

  102. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    ‏@NFLTalk

    Tank Carder rookie LB cut by Bills.

  103. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    WR/PR rookie M. Maze from alabama cut

  104. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    I like Maze…A lot…

    He would look good in purple !!…

    Vikings need to take a chance on at least one of those rookie WR’s hitting the waiver wire…

    Take your best shot Rick !!!

  105. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    NT Nicolas Jean-Baptiste (senior bowl) was released by ravens

  106. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    yea, might get a bama or lsu player after all!!

  107. By QB on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    I watched the game locally in Texas, and the commentaters from the Texans were saying how loaded the Texans were in the defensive backfield. They were gonna have to give up some quality dbs to make the 53. Maybe we could get some help here!

  108. By Immure on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Houston released DB Pleasant. I believe he was the guy that picked off the Hyphen last night.

  109. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Immure…. hmmmm the vikes have a tendency to grab a plyer with good showings vs. the team

  110. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    OT Tom Compton cut (redskins) viking fan favorite

  111. By Immure on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    yea and then unfortunately they never really pan out for us. But he’s rookie and our DBs are already getting a little banged up.

  112. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah !!…

    Vikings finally dropped a player…

    DE Jeff Charleston…

    Who the h3ll is he ???…hahaha

  113. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    #2 is a money-saver move FB

  114. By Immure on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Dale Moss got cut I know alot of vikings fans where high on him.

  115. By PurplHaze on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    He played a little in preseason, OT. New acquisition this year, I think

  116. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    oops Ryan D’Imperio, per source

  117. By PurplHaze on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Drafted by Indy, acquired from the Saints.

  118. By Immure on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Former Saint player I think as well.

  119. By PurplHaze on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    That’s good news, San

  120. By PurplHaze on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Yep, Immure. 6th year guy

  121. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Immure…Is throwing out some names of pretty impressive rookie WR talent hitting the waiver wire…

    Will the Vikings take a chance on one (or 2) of them ??…

    How big is Spielman willing to gamble with a rebuilding team ??…

  122. By Spencer on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    I think Felders time is up :(

  123. By Immure on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    I kinda hope that Vike sorta do what the Bucs did a couple of years ago and raid teams practice squad and sign young players off of waivers. I believe the Bucs went 10-6 that year.

  124. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    spence not sure what they can do. Felder got a little more $ but has that L. Webb connection on waiver wire to get picked up

  125. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    ouch! nike reed???

    @VikingsNow: Vikings have released seventh-round DT Trevor Guyton, I’m told

  126. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    @FBALL_Andrea

    Sounds like Vontaze Burfict will make the Bengals’ 53 man roster. Total steal. He’s worked hard.

  127. By Spencer on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Thats your boy!

  128. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    @VikingsNow Vikings have released DE Nick Reed, I’m told. Looks like they could be going with 8 DLs

    wow if true, cleaned house on defensive ends

  129. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    lol spence, I said would never give up until another locks him down. Official last video run on the way!

  130. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    couple more out via rumors. Spielman might be staggering talent here to jump in with orders after 9 est

  131. By GFM on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    What do you mean “It’s easy to get excited about the potential of MBT” – don’t be so conservative – we are not going to get to anywhere!! Forget about Ponder!

  132. By 03 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Yes, no Ponder please!

  133. By Immure on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Lex Hillard got cut not surprise here.

  134. By PurplHaze on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks for listening, Rick! Hilliard wasn’t for us. =)

  135. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Today’s Cuts:
    •Ryan D’Imperio, Fullback
    •Chris DeGeare, Offensive Guard
    •Emmanuel Arceneaux, Wide Receiver
    •Nick Reed, Defensive End
    •Jeff Charleston, Defensive End
    •Trevor Guyton, Defensive Tackle (rookie)
    •Lex Hilliard, Running Back

  136. By Viking33 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    I always wanted to see more of Manny – I guess I will have to go to Canada to hear his cheers.

  137. By PurplHaze on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    DeGeare is a surprise.

    Good call in D’Imperio.

  138. By 32frank12 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    I really hope we pick up Dale Moss or Marvin McNutt who I think could be a great WR in a couple years…has size dominanted in the Big 10 one of the best in the conference last year…could work on his speed a bit but he could develop into a nice WR

  139. By Immure on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikes cut alot of WRs already I wonder if they are planning on picking any up via waivers or if they plan on keeping all their TEs

  140. By 32frank12 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    @Immure….I really hope we pick up Moss or McNutt or even Cunnigham whatcha think?

  141. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    One of those writers predicted the vikes would pickup a GB cut WR for 53-man. Well, Gurley and Moss are on the wires

  142. By Immure on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    I think if they did cut any TE’s its probably the hardest position to choose. Shuler, Riesner, and Ellison have all been impressive this preseason.

  143. By 32frank12 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah GB had a ton of young talent at WR position that they had to cut hopefully we can pick one of those young talents up I would def like that!

  144. By Immure on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    @32 I would be happy if they were able to get their hands on any of them. I like Moss and McNutt. I don’t know much about Cunningham but I hear good things about him. And like I said earlier I would like the team to take a look at Seyi Ajirotutu as well.

  145. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Broncos Jonathan Grimes (RB) cut. dude that shred us up

  146. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    *non 1st team

  147. By Immure on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Just hope the Colts or Rams swipe them before we can both those teams are in need of WRs as much as we are.

  148. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    last game of pre-season in the a.m., sorry

  149. By Viking33 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Oakland will be cutting some WR’s – If they drop Streater I hope they grab that guy

  150. By tdurfeightyeight on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Frazier kept only 5 receivers last year why would he do differant this year…the Vikes are going to run a two t.e. offense similar to what the Patriots operate with.

  151. By tdurfeightyeight on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Five t.e.’s and five w.r.’s…apparently that should suffice.

  152. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    D Love looks to need surgery…most likely headed for season ending IR…

    Few players that might interest the Vikings to fill that void…

    OT Tom Compton…Redskins cut…

    OL Andrew Datko…GB cut…

  153. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t worry…Tommy Streater will be cut…

    Because no matter how fast Tommy is…(and he is fast)..

    He can’t catch the football…Has absolutely NO hand eye coordination !!…None..

  154. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    saying Stephen Burton has made it

  155. By Immure on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Your probably right Tdurf but you never know. Wright sprained his ankle last night and Harvin and Jenkins both have a history of getting injured, and Simpsons suspended. They might decided to keep an extra WR or two. Anyway its just fun to speculate and to get our hopes up.

  156. By JE on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Iwish the league would let teams carry 55 players. Two more guys wouldnt cost the teams that much and with all the injuries we are seeing it would really help the teams alot.

  157. By JE on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Theres goin to be a slug of good players cut this year. So much talant and only 53 make it. Wow there is some really tough decisions goin on tonite!!

  158. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    this is unreal, something like 400+ players (mini-draft)

  159. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry Viking33…

    I see you were talking about Rod Streater from Oakland…

    Not Tommy Streeter…

    My bad..

  160. By JE on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    I really hope they keep Todman!! He is to good to cut this year. We snuck him thru last year but that aint happenen this year.Please keep Todman!!! 5ft 9 200 lbs and quick and fast! Perfect back for artificial turf.

  161. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    OL Kevin Murphy cut

  162. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    looks like shocking qb news coming

  163. By Viking33 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    We didn’t sneak Todman through last year – we got him from the Charger PS late last year.

  164. By Viking33 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    But I agree I would like to see Todman kept – I liked him in College and think he can be a solid Pro.

  165. By Viking33 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Its no Problem Kali – I did not even know the other Streeter, but I just checked his Bios and you are correct about him.

  166. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    ‏@RavensInsider

    Sage Rosenfels being cut, per a league source

  167. By PurplHaze on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Bills keep T-Jax and Thigpen. Sux to B them! =)

  168. By JE on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    You are right Viking33 in both regards. Way to be on top of it!

  169. By JE on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Its going to be tough to keep Sage. With Webb being 25 and MBT 24 i think you need to keep the younger players.

  170. By JE on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Man i wish they would just anounce the cuts already!!

  171. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    If true this opens up the door for MBT as a tryout for #2 quarterback!!

  172. By JE on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Is it 8 oclock yet.

  173. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Sage must be a salary cap victim ??…

    He does make 1.5 million a season…

    Not chicken feed…

    I would be okay with Webb and MBT being back ups for Ponder…

  174. By JE on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Wow 400 players hitin the waiver wire!! This is going to be insane!

  175. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Shuler must be next. We did have(w/shuler) the second or third tallest TE corps in the NFL behind NE

  176. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    OTK these 1.5 mil range guys gettin whacked

  177. By JE on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    I agree OTKalil, Webb and MBT would be a good pair to backup Ponder.

  178. By JE on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Salary cap is a big factor in this years cuts.

  179. By PurplHaze on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Cutting Sage is regular season suicide if Ponder goes down. That would cost Frazier his job!

  180. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Spielman going down to the wire with a loaded deck of DB’s!

    They must be analyzing the wire players as time goes by

  181. By PurplHaze on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    What are you guys smokin’? Webb can NOT get the ball down the field with accuracy. If you think keeping Webb over Sage is good for this team, you need to rethink!

  182. By JE on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Idont think so. Webb played good enough to win those games he played in last year and its not like anyone other than viking fans expect us to win any games anyway.

  183. By tdurfeightyeight on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t be surprised when we pick up an offensive lineman on waiver wire…

  184. By PurplHaze on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    You apparently didn’t watch any preseason games THIS YEAR, or you wouldn’t think that way. Webb has ZERO pocket presence. He is NOT an NFL-caliber starter, no matter how much anybody wants him to be.

  185. By JE on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Are we ready to win the Superbowl this year? I say probably not. Keep the young players and that includes Webb!!

  186. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings have released Jordan Todman

  187. By PurplHaze on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    If Devin gets cut, he can thank Mr. Webb.

  188. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Asiata
    got the job

  189. By PurplHaze on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    That’s a bad joke, San!

  190. By JE on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    I seen a third and 16 last nite that Webb stood right in the pocket and delivered a stike with D lineman right at his legs. Did you miss that play??

  191. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Spence, Felder still here

  192. By Vikefan on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Ummm,

    I have to agree, I think we should keep Mr. Webb on the team. He has great speed and talent carrying the football. QB not so much. I would say keep him so that the team can use him as trade potential during the first 6 week. I think its 6 weeks. Anyways, as for Sage. Put him on PS with a pay deduction or happy retirement.

  193. By PurplHaze on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Forget that .500 season. If our regulars go down, we don’t have the quality to win games.

  194. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Fans never know how things might be working behind closed doors…

    Maybe Sage asked nicely to be cut ??…Lets face it…Sage could find himself situation where he might end up with a starting job…

    Sage knows Ponder is the future here…

    Many variables a GM must weigh in all his decisions…

    Heck…We don’t even know for sure if he was even dropped yet for sure ???

  195. By tdurfeightyeight on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Spielman had said on a preseason broadcast that the third string runningback needs to be able to play second string fullback as well.

  196. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    rumors right so far. no joke!

  197. By PurplHaze on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    One throw a preseason DOES NOT MAKE! Even the most unlucky people get lucky once in a while. ITS NOT ENOUGH!

  198. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Dline LB DB to come next

  199. By Viking33 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Sage Dropped – NFL.COM reports and Todman confirmed as well.

  200. By PurplHaze on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    It’s on NFL.COM, OT.

    Anybody wanna take over my Season Ticket? I’ve suddenly lost my appetite for the NFL!

  201. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Why would we give up Todman??

    PLYMAKER!

  202. By Viking33 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Minnesota Vikings Cuts per NFL.COM at 7:45 Central Time

    DE Jeff Charleston, RB Lex Hilliard, OL Kevin Murphy, DE Nick Reed, QB Sage Rosenfels, RB Jordan Todman.

  203. By JE on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Sporting news says Todman got the roster spot.

  204. By Kyle S on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Sage got released, good luck to him, but happy the hyphen stays!

  205. By Spencer on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    ….Felder still here, for now.

    Im scared.

    Hold me.

  206. By JE on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    I think Todman was a better choice than Asiata. We have a power back in Toby. We need a back that we can throw a screen pass too. Todman will never make it thru waivers. Asiata probably would have.

  207. By PurplHaze on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    If Ponder goes out, Frazier will wish he’d kept Sage.

  208. By PurplHaze on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Watch Todman become a Lion before the weekends over, and Rick will kick himself

  209. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    NY Giants have placed CB Terrell Thomas on season IR

  210. By JE on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Purplehaze you are right on Todman and WRONG ON wEBB.

  211. By PurplHaze on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    We’ll see, JE. The season is looooooooooooooong…

  212. By JE on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    This is a blog not a book. You want me to list all the plays JWebb has made since hes been here. Thers been plenty!! Hes only 25 years old dude. Cmon give the guy some time to develop.

  213. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Haze…

    Quit thinking about negative things…

    Ponder isn’t going down !!…He is going to be throwing pass completions our own version of the purple 4 headed monster…

    Rudolf,Carlso,Ellifson, and Reisner !!!…

    And these guys not only catch the ball…They can BLOCK also !!!…

    Keep your Sunday ticket my friend…The fun hasn’t even started yet !!!… ; )

    And enough of the negative waves already !!!… : )

  214. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Webb is in @ 2 to start the season

    that’s okay for now no pressure

  215. By JE on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    I agree he has a ways to go but he has skills that you just dont find. He was a 6th round pick that we are paying the league minimum. just what do you have to lose?? Sage Rosenfels.

  216. By PurplHaze on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t see it that way without a VIABLE #2, OT. Not being negative, just calling it like I see it.

  217. By Kyle on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Shuler, Todman, Rosenfels, Murphy, Reed, DeGeare, D’Imperio, Charleston, Guyton all cut so far.

  218. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Hey men…How many big plays did Todman have sitting on the sideline injured all preseason…

    While Asiata was out there busting his behind out there…

    Asiata did a good job to win that 3 spot in the RB rotation….Lets give the young man some credit !!!…

  219. By JE on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    If anything you keep Webb because of salary cap space and his age. Hes only 1 year younger than Ponder and a year and a half younger than MBT.

  220. By Vikefan on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    I just noticed Miami released Jeff Fuller. That could be an option for the team to think about. in my opinion.

  221. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer…

    Have you got any fingernails left yet…

    Waiting to see if Felder makes the team ???… : )

  222. By JE on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    I understand your point that Asiata ran hard but Todman is a homerun hitter. Just because Pederson sat out the preseason doesnt mean we are goin to put Asiata in front of him. You keep the best players period. If there is any question between two players you keep the younger more explosive player.TODMAN!!

  223. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Carr, Frampton,Felder,Jones,Saulsberry,Pazstor,Holmes,Parades about finishes it out

  224. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    cut 16 4 vets and i guess couple on ir

  225. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Carr got the ax ??…

    Please tell me its so !!!…

    Your not teasing ???…

  226. By PurplHaze on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151141912432836&set=a.106413462835.95713.64444137835&type=1&relevant_count=1&ref=nf

  227. By sandiamond on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    vested veteran cuts:

    Chris Carr
    Eric Frampton

    couldn’t get the whole list to post

  228. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    OOhhh…Happy days !!!!…: )

  229. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    I think Felder,Saulisberry,Jones and Guyton have a good shot to make it to the practice squad…

    If all I lost is Sage from the players I wanted to stay on the roster…

    Man…I can live with that…

    I can see MBT winning the number 2 QB role soon in the near future…Webb and MBT will be battling that out all season long now…Healthy competition…

  230. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Now we can sit back and see who they might pick up the next 24 hrs !!!

  231. By bob on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    Joe Webb should be our starter. Todman is terrible…but better than AP. We should trade both.

  232. By tom on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    man the the vikings miss the boat for another year .Had a perfect chance to RG111 or Luck .another long season sorry guys

  233. By 72viktul on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    i see u guys are not looking at whole picture at Q.B. webb has shown good improvement in his foot work,his drops and relese on time and accuracy.even i woundered in the first 2 preseason games,but he has improved and have the most exspirence along with his ability to run keeping drives alive he should be 2nd only because they moved him to reciver,he lost value at Q.B

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