Joe Banyard led the Vikings with 26 rushing yards in the 28-14 preseason win over the Cowboys on Saturday. The next day, he was among one 11 cuts made by the team.
The second leading rusher in that game, Dominique Williams, lives another day however. He finished the game with 25 rushing yards on six carries, and Williams is one of five running backs still on the roster at this moment. The Vikings still must make three more cuts to trim the roster to 75 players by Tuesday at 3 p.m. CT.
“It just shows that this league is unpredictable,” said Williams on Banyard. “Joe is a great guy and great at special teams. Everything that he did, he was fundamentally sound but that goes to show you that you can never be satisfied. You’ve just got to keep going and focus on the day versus tomorrow.”
The Vikings signed Williams as an undrafted free agent last year out of Wagner College in New York, but he was cut after the preseason. He spent time on the Cardinals practice squad and finished the last six weeks on the Vikings practice squad last year.
Williams has learned through that experience how to prepare for the process of training camp and the preseason, particularly with this franchise.
“You don’t know where you’re going to end up,” Williams said. “That cut is in the back of your mind but last year helped me with this year. I’m not just thinking about it, I’m just focusing on the day at hand. …You can never have enough [film]. You just got to finish where you left off and keep building on it.”