With two preseason games down, and two to go, I found myself considering a number of changes to my prediction of who would make the Vikings final 53-man roster. The last time I wrote a prediction was just before the open of training camp and quite a bit has happened since then. The players that made my previous cut, but no longer do, are marked with a strike. The players that are new to my list are bolded.
Quarterback: Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel, McLeod Bethel-Thompson
Analysis: No changes here. MBT solidified his spot above Vandenberg with a solid performance last week, while Vandenberg didn’t even see the field. Bill Musgrave recently made some comments about Joe Webb that have me considering only two quarterbacks making the roster, leaving Webb as a last resort, but I think that approach would be too unorthodox.
Running Back: Adrian Peterson, Toby Gerhart, Bradley Randle
Analysis: That third running back spot is still a mystery because there are a few players, including Zach Line and Joe Banyard, that are making cases for themselves. Still, I feel like Randle provides the Vikings with the most upside and some serious special teams value. Randle is penciled in very lightly at this point, though.
Fullback: Jerome Felton
Analysis: Felton’s recent surgery has many assuming Zach Line will be on the opening day roster, but he is expected to ready by week one and Rhett Ellison acts as a quality backup at the position. I just don’t see the Vikings dedicating two spots to fullbacks.