Helmets on the turf during Minnesota Vikings OTAs scrambles Wednesday, June 9, 2021, in Eagan, Minn. (Carlos Gonzalez/Star Tribune)

Breaking down the Vikings 53-man roster as it stands right now

The current version leaves the team thin at positions like running back and defensive end, and there isn't a long snapper on the roster right now.

Podcast: Vikings head into regular season needing a confidence boost

September 2
Podcast: Vikings head into regular season needing a confidence boost
Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss a Vikings team that's coming off a winless preseason and a key injury before a meaningful snap was played.

Final cuts due Tuesday: Our latest 53-man Vikings roster projection

August 30
The Vikings need to reduce their roster from 80 players to 53 by Tuesday afternoon.
There are position at wide reciver, in the secondary and along both the offensive and defensive lines as the Vikings still need to cut 27 players.

Who's on first team? Vikings release first 'unofficial' depth chart

August 12
The big takeaway is that rookies, for an assortment of reasons, are buried deep on the depth chart in advance of Saturday's preseason opener.

Six observations for Vikings camp: Former guard Mike Harris picking up coaching tips

August 6
Harris, who started 21 games for the Vikings in 2014-2015, has been hanging around Vikings camp and picking up tips with offensive line coach Phil Rauscher.
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November 26
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) signaled the touchdown as Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) scored on a nine yar

Vikings mailbag: Playoff position, defensive line in flux and what's improving

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November 24
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) passed the ball to Packers running back A.J. Dillon (28) during the third quarter, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021 in Min

What will Vikings face Sunday? Lots of fakes, other trickery from 49ers

In San Francisco on Sunday, the Vikings defense will see even more elements of the offensive system they struggled to defend at times against Green Bay. Here's how it works.
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November 24
Podcast: Previewing Vikings-49ers and opening up the mailbag

Podcast: Previewing Vikings-49ers and opening up the mailbag

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand preview the Vikings' latest trip out west and the challenges they face in the 49ers offense on the latest Access Vikings podcast.
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November 22
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins fumbled when he was sacked in the third quarter, but it was recovered by a teammate, one of several near-turnovers ag

Kirk Cousins knows his big day vs. Packers was on a 'razor's edge'

Kirk Cousins threw for 341 yards in the win. But afterward he acknowledged a handful of near-turnovers. "I don't think you want to live throwing the ball to a covered player and crossing your fingers," he said.
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November 21
Podcast: Justin Jefferson, Vikings offense outpace Packers in big win

Podcast: Justin Jefferson, Vikings offense outpace Packers in big win

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Jim Souhan discuss Jefferson's star continuing to rise and a Vikings offense that kept its stride in a 34-31 win over Green Bay.
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November 21
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Vikings-Packers inactives: Center Garrett Bradbury on bench in return from COVID list

Bradbury, the 18th overall pick in the 2019 draft, suited up against the Packers but ceded his starting job to Mason Cole for a third straight game.
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November 20
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Vikings activate Patrick Peterson from injured reserve before Sunday's game vs. Packers

The cornerback missed the Vikings' past three games with a hamstring injury, but practiced all week in preparation for his return.
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November 17
Podcast: Can Vikings be more than a speedbump for Packers?

Podcast: Can Vikings be more than a speedbump for Packers?

The Vikings have played the Packers tough under head coach Mike Zimmer, who could use another win on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium. Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the Vikings' place in a tight NFC playoff race.
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November 16
Minnesota Vikings safety Camryn Bynum (43) sacked Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) in the third quarter of an NFL game between the

Here's how Mike Zimmer and the Vikings blitz outfoxed the Chargers

Chargers head coach Brandon Staley paid this tribute to Zimmer: "When it's known pass, this guy is as good of a defensive coach as there's ever been." Here's what unfolded during the game.
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November 16
Against the Chargers, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins exploited an area of the passing game he hasn’t used much this season: the middle of the fiel

Can Vikings repeat Sunday success against the Packers — and beyond?

Ben Goessling's Second Thoughts: Here's how Kirk Cousins and the Vikings managed to defeat the Chargers' defensive scheme, and why that provides some cause for optimism.
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November 15
Podcast: Vikings, Cousins get aggressive in closing out Chargers

Podcast: Vikings, Cousins get aggressive in closing out Chargers

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer, and Jim Souhan recap the win from SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, where once again Mike Zimmer's squad keeps things interesting.
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November 14
Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks warmed up on the field up before facing Los Angeles Chargers Sunday.

Inactives: Vikings' Dozier released from hospital Sunday morning

There was good news about Dakota Dozier, who was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday. Plus all the inactives for the Vikings and Chargers.
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November 14
Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Michael Pierce (58) celebrated after sacking Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) in the third quarter. ]

Vikings nose tackle Michael Pierce placed on injured reserve

Pierce will remain sidelined due to the elbow injury that he first suffered in a Sept. 30 practice. The nose tackle has played four games since signing with the Vikings in 2020 free agency.
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November 12
Questions about quarterback Kirk Cousins and center Garrett Bradbury are featured in the latest Vikings Mailbag.

Vikings mailbag: Help from rookies? Is Bradbury history? Can Cousins call audibles?

Send questions to @Andrew_Krammer on Twitter or andrew.krammer@startribune.com. Listen for answers on the weekly Access Vikings podcast or find them here on Friday mornings.
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November 10
Podcast: Vikings' off-field concerns mount ahead of Chargers game

Podcast: Vikings' off-field concerns mount ahead of Chargers game

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the Star Tribune's reporting on the lawsuit against Dalvin Cook, as well as a COVID outbreak that has left one player hospitalized this week.
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November 10
Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) celebrates with fellow wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) after running in a 50-yard touchdown pass from quar

How did Jefferson and Thielen catch only five passes in Ravens loss?

Star receivers Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen saw their paltriest production in 23 NFL games together. Several flaws in the Vikings offense help explain why that happened.
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November 8
Minnesota Vikings defensive back Parry Nickerson (39) and inside linebacker Ryan Connelly (57) during an NFL football game against the Cleveland Brown

Vikings up to five players on COVID list after two more additions

Linebacker Ryan Connelly and tackle Timon Parris were quarantined Monday on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the team announced. Five players have been isolated in the past five days.
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November 8
Baltimore Ravens middle linebacker Josh Bynes (56) celebrates after the defense stops Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) for no gain in t

Want to see all the Vikings offensive problems? Just watch third downs

Ben Goessling's Second Thoughts: The Vikings had trouble opening holes for Dalvin Cook, dealing with blitzes and getting accurate throws to keep their drives going in the loss to Baltimore.
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November 7
Podcast: Vikings drop another close game in familiar fashion

Podcast: Vikings drop another close game in familiar fashion

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer, and Jim Souhan discuss the offensive coaching and quarterback Kirk Cousins. Also, did a depleted defense do well while causing pressure and turnovers, but allowing 500 yards?
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November 7
Vikings free safety Harrison Smith wears a mask on the sideline during training camp in August.

Vikings inactives: Harrison Smith latest player on COVID list, out vs. Ravens

The starting safety, who has been following protocols for unvaccinated players, is the third Viking to land on the reserve/COVID-19 list in the past few days.