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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December 7
Podcast: On the Vikings defense, Barr's career and your questions

Podcast: On the Vikings defense, Barr's career and your questions

Ben Goessling, Michael Rand and Andrew Krammer discuss Anthony Barr's work on and off the field. They also look back at Mike Zimmer's defense in Detroit, talk Vikings-Steelers, and answer your Twitter questions.
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December 7
Lions receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown, defended by Vikings cornerback Cameron Dantzler, catches a 11-yard pass for the winning touchdown Sunday.

How Vikings pass defense woes started before Lions' winning drive

There were issues even when the Vikings didn't get hurt by them — including a busted coverage on the play when Cameron Dantzler intercepted a pass.
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December 7
Members of the Minnesota Vikings stand on the field after the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, in

Vikings defensive dilemma on full display in final drive of Lions loss

Ben Goessling's Second Thoughts: Why didn't the Vikings put more pressure on Lions quarterback Jared Goff in the game's final minutes? Coach Mike Zimmer had to choose between two defensive shortcomings.
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December 5
Podcast: Vikings defense with another late collapse, this time in Detroit

Podcast: Vikings defense with another late collapse, this time in Detroit

From Ford Field after Sunday's 29-27 loss, Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer discuss the Vikings defense folding in another end-of-half situation under Mike Zimmer.
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December 5
Anthony Barr (55) and Eric Kendricks (54) will miss Sunday’s game against the Lions.

Vikings-Lions inactives: Linebacker Anthony Barr also ruled out for shuffled defense

With hamstring and knee injuries, Barr is the latest absence for a Vikings defense that is also without Eric Kendricks and Patrick Peterson.
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December 4
Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks.

Vikings activate Pierce from IR, but rule Kendricks out for Sunday vs. Lions

Eric Kendricks will miss the game with a biceps injury that limited him in practice this week.
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December 1
Podcast: Vikings trying to avoid cold start to pivotal December stretch

Podcast: Vikings trying to avoid cold start to pivotal December stretch

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand preview Sunday's game in Detroit, discuss Dalvin Cook's injury, Kirk Cousins-Mike Zimmer, and much more.
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November 30
Minnesota Vikings tight end Tyler Conklin (83) can’t make the catch for in the end zone as San Francisco 49ers safety Talanoa Hufanga (29) signs no

Why Vikings goal-line offense kept failing in 4th quarter of 49ers loss

The Vikings had four plays from San Francisco's 6-yard line, but came away with zero points, marking a key stretch in another one-score loss.
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November 29
San Francisco center Alex Mack had a handful of Anthony Barr’s Vikings jersey on Sunday as quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo looked to pass.

Increase in holding calls by NFL refs hurts and helps Vikings

Ben Goessling's Second Thoughts: While the league wants well-officiated games, there's a balance between adjudicating every play and bogging down the game with penalty calls.
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November 28
Podcast: Turnovers, attrition get best of Vikings in loss at San Francisco

Podcast: Turnovers, attrition get best of Vikings in loss at San Francisco

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Jim Souhan discuss the Vikings' turnovers, attrition, and the latest around the NFC from Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
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November 28
Vikings defensive tackles James Lynch and Sheldon Richardson.

Vikings-49ers inactives: Defensive line shuffled even more in San Francisco

Assistant coach Andre Patterson said this week he'd rather not use the word "depleted" to describe the Vikings defensive line, but that's the reality for Sunday's game in San Francisco.
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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

Thank you for submitting questions for this week's Vikings mailbag. Send questions to @Andrew_Krammer on Twitter or andrew.krammer@startribune.com.
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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
Vikings center Garrett Bradbury (56) talked with fellow center Mason Cole (52) during training camp Tuesday. ] ANTHONY SOUFFLE • anthony.souffle@sta

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
Patrick Peterson

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.