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VikesCentric: Predicting the 53-Man Roster

Posted by: Updated: July 26, 2013 - 12:45 PM

With training camp kicking off this week, it's time for the annual fun game of trying to predict what the first 53-man roster will look like at the end of August. Let's roll with the names...

Quarterbacks - Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel, McLeod Bethel-Thompson (3)

Running Backs - Adrian Peterson, Toby Gerhart, Jerome Felton, Matt Asiata (4)

Wide Receivers - Greg Jennings, Jerome Simpson, Cordarrelle Patterson, Jarius Wright, Stephen Burton, Joe Webb (6)

Tight Ends - Kyle Rudolph, John Carlson, Rhett Ellison (3)

Offensive Line - Matt Kalil, Charlie Johnson, John Sullivan, Brandon Fusco, Phil Loadholt, Joe Berger, Jeff BacaTroy Kropog, Kevin Murphy (9)

Defensive Tackle - Kevin Williams, Letroy Guion, Fred Evans, Sharrif Floyd, Christian Ballard (5)

Defensive End - Jared Allen, Brian Robison, Everson Griffen, Lawrence Jackson (4)

Linebackers - Chad Greenway, Erin Henderson, Desmond Bishop, Gerald Hodges, Marvin Mitchell, Larry Dean (6)

Cornerbacks - Chris Cook, Xavier Rhodes, Josh Robinson, Marcus Sherels, A.J. Jefferson, Bobby Felder (6)

Safeties - Harrison Smith, Jamarca Sanford, Mistral Raymond, Robert Blanton (4)

Specialists - Cullen Loeffler, Blair Walsh, Jeff Locke (3)

A few notes
-Some of the young guys we're all interested in watching this preseason - such as Greg Childs (WR), Adam Thielen (WR), Michael Mauti (LB), Anthony McCloud (DT), and Zach Line (FB/RB) - are all eligible to land on the practice squad, so that's why I opted not to include them above.

-I hope I'm wrong about Burton and/or Webb because that would mean that Childs, Thielen or Chris Summers impresses enough to force their way onto the roster. I could say the same about the final name or two at linebacker and in the secondary.

The Vikings enter training camp with their fair share of questions, as Bo Mitchell outlined earlier this week, but I left this exercise feeling strong about the roster in general. All of my biggest questions marks and guesses came at deep depth spots, such as who would be the fifth WR, ninth OL, or sixth CB. There will be some excellent battles for those final spots, which is exactly what you want in training camp. But I also like the feeling that the top 45 or so names are pretty well locked in, even if there is still some jockeying for depth chart positioning.

So, what do you think? Feeling good about where we're at? Anyone I left off who you think will definitely make the squad?


Houston 1 FINAL
Miami 1
Philadelphia 1 FINAL
Minnesota 7
St. Louis 3 FINAL
Detroit 4
Baltimore - WP: T. Wilson 10 FINAL
NY Yankees - LP: S. Baker 2
Boston 9 FINAL
Tampa Bay 6
Toronto 3 FINAL
Pittsburgh 8
Atlanta 5 FINAL
Toronto 3
Washington 2 FINAL
NY Mets 10
Chicago Cubs 5 FINAL
Cincinnati 9
San Diego 3 FINAL
Texas 2
San Francisco 9 FINAL
Seattle 8
Colorado 4 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 18
Cleveland 3 FINAL
Milwaukee 2
Oakland 10 FINAL
Chicago WSox 4
Los Angeles 5 FINAL
LA Angels 4
Kansas City 10 FINAL
Arizona 5
Atlanta 100 FINAL
Charlotte 115
New York 80 FINAL
Chicago 111
Golden State 108 FINAL
Milwaukee 95
Oklahoma City 89 FINAL
Utah 94
Denver 114 FINAL
Portland 120
Nashville 4 FINAL
Washington 3
Arizona 2 FINAL
Pittsburgh 3
San Jose 3 FINAL(SO)
Philadelphia 2
Anaheim 3 FINAL
NY Islanders 2
NY Rangers 2 FINAL
Boston 4
Tampa Bay 0 FINAL
Detroit 4
New Jersey 1 FINAL
Carolina 3
Florida 2 FINAL(OT)
Montreal 3
Ottawa 3 FINAL(OT)
Toronto 4
Los Angeles 1 FINAL
Minnesota 4
Columbus 4 FINAL
St. Louis 2
Buffalo 3 FINAL
Colorado 5
Dallas 4 FINAL(OT)
Vancouver 3
Arizona 78 FINAL
Wisconsin 85
Canisius 73 FINAL
Notre Dame 66 FINAL
Kentucky 68
San Jose 1 FINAL
New England 2
Orlando City 2 FINAL
Montreal 2
Los Angeles 0 FINAL
D.C. 1
Sporting Kansas City 1 FINAL
New York City 0
Red Bull New York 2 FINAL
Columbus 1
Portland 1 FINAL
Vancouver FC 2
Colorado 0 FINAL
Houston 0
Seattle 0 FINAL
FC Dallas 0
Texas 54 FINAL
(1) Connecticut 105
Dayton 82 FINAL
(8) Louisville 66
(16) Duke 55 FINAL
(4) Maryland 65
Gonzaga 69 FINAL
(6) Tennessee 73
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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pmX42-10
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit NoonX17-3
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo NoonX17-16
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay NoonX19-13 ot
Nov 2 - vs. Washington NoonX29-26
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago NoonX21-13
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay NoonX24-21
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina NoonX31-13
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets NoonX30-24 ot
Dec 14 - at Detroit 3:25 pmX16-14
Dec 21 - at Miami NoonX37-35
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago NoonX13-9




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