Thursday, November 26, 2015

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If you missed Part One (rookies) or Part Two (fantasy), be sure to check those out. I had a chance to talk for twenty minutes with Tom Moore about the state of the Vikings roster as a whole and what the Vikings may plan on doing from here on out with the roster as it stands, as well as what the specific cuts may or may not mean.

It’s a huge honor to be able to talk to VikeFans and Tom Moore in general, and I couldn’t put it any better than Adam did:

We here at VT had the good fortune of getting to know Tom Moore and the other fine folks over at  They are one of the most hopping, and most well-informed, Vikings forums on the internet.  Meanwhile, Tom and the gang keep putting together some of the best Vikings content you can find anywhere, and it comes most often in the form of some great radio-style interviews.

Considering the regular bits with Pete Bercich, the interviews of legends like Tommy Kramer, and the on-field updates from first round picks, it was a great honor when VT was asked to participate in a series of preseason conversations with Tom Moore.

Each of us will spend some time talking to Tom this week, and we will be sure to post each video as they become available, but we encourage you to make a part of your regular Vikings-news diet and considering registering yourself as a member of their forums if you aren’t already.

It’s a fantastic site that you should check out. I’ll be commenting over there on the interview I did, so be sure to visit the website.


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The Minnesota Vikings, who typically have made moves late in the day on cutdown day, have made two moves that have inspired the creation of this cut tracker and a rapid reaction. The first is to put Jamarca Sanford on injured reserve (not designated for return) and to cut nose tackle Fred Evans, which is a pretty big surprise.

Sanford’s move to injured reserve was a surprise. What about the other cuts?

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The cut list is still up and running, and as of midnight on Friday is completely up to date, barring a rumor about an offensive tackle battle in San Diego. As a result, we can begin to do some analysis of the cutdowns. Some teams have not done them as of this posting (Carolina, Cleveland, Green Bay, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Minnesota, New England, both New Yorks and San Francisco), and no one has a complete list done, though Jacksonville seems closest. The fact that some players have not been cut yet from every team is a critical flaw in any real analysis, but this was a quick outgrowth of the work I was already doing, and seemed interesting enough.


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This is my NFL cuts tracker, which I will update throughout the day.  Notes are my own, and positions are as projected for the Vikings. So a 3-4 defensive end is listed as a defensive tackle, and a 3-4 outside linebacker as a defensive end. That doesn’t always end up the case, but is as accurate as I can make it.

If I miss anyone, let me know in the comments. Hopefully this format is easier to navigate (sort by different columns at the bottom).

The Minnesota Vikings have announced that the NFL has upheld its three-game ban of Jerome Simpson for his arrest while on probation. Simpson, who for much of the season was the Vikings’ receiving leader last year, finished the year with 726 receiving yards but only one touchdown. Of note, his efficiency was not all that different, at the end of the year, from Greg Jennings or Cordarrelle Patterson—each had 1.61 yards per pass route run (45th of 94 receivers).

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He will be allowed to resume practice with the Vikings starting September 22. In the mean time, it’s generally expected that this opens another spot for a wide receiver on the roster, presumably Adam Thielen or Rodney Smith, who have finished the preseason in excellent form.

Jerome Simpson’s violation is generally understood to be a DUI, but he was actually convicted for careless driving and refusing to submit to a chemical test, though he was initially charged with a DUI instead of careless driving. This occurred while he was on probation in Kentucky, where his home is, as a result of his prior conviction for mailing himself two pounds of marijuana. He is now on probation in Hennepin County for two years as well.

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