Saturday, October 10, 2015

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Phil Loadholt is already done for the season, John Sullivan won’t return to the field until at least the second half of the year, and before the release of today’s inactive list, fans worried left guard Brandon Fusco would miss the Vikings’ Week 3 matchup with the San Diego Chargers.

Fear not — Fusco has cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol, is active for today’s game, and will likely start. Seven other players, however, will not suit up against the Chargers. They include:

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When it comes to roster depth, Minnesota is doing quite well at the cornerback position.

On Monday, the Vikings added Jabari Price back to the active roster, leaving only Josh Robinson inactive. Robinson suffered a torn pectoral muscle prior to team OTAs and is currently on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Head coach Mike Zimmer came to Minnesota with experience as a defensive coordinator, and it’s no secret that his specialty lies on that side of the field. Even more specifically, defensive backs seem to have a special place in his heart.

Associated Press Dave Campbell wrote the following last month:

Zimmer coaches [cornerbacks] as critically as any players on the Vikings, and if there were a contest held to determine his favorite position on the field the others would probably be fighting for second place.

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Sherels Continues to Make Plays on Special Teams

Admittedly, there were not many silver linings to speak of in last night’s 20-3 loss to San Francisco. Austin touched on a few of the larger positives from the game, but let’s add one more to the list: Marcus Sherels.

Coach Mike Priefer utilized Sherels heavily on special teams, and the cornerback came up with two nice plays. Every year, Sherels looks like he will be on the bubble prior to final roster cuts, but each season he wrestles his way onto the final 53 and establishes a role for himself.

Sherels’ Monday Night highlight came off a great first quarter defensive play by safety Andrew Sendejo, who started over Robert Blanton. Sendejo blocked Phil Dawson’s 28-yard field goal attempt, and Sherels recovered the ball, continuing for a 44-yard return deep into Vikings territory. The play looked to swing the momentum in the Vikings favor, but they found themselves unable to capitalize on Sherels’ return and came away scoreless.

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    The much anticipated debut of the 2015 Minnesota Vikings will take place late this evening and we here at VT don’t just write about the Vikings, we’re all super fans ourselves, and we are every bit as excited for the action as you are.

    As you prepare your eyeballs for a football feast, I’ve decided to give them a little warmup by compiling all of the primer information in one spot. Here is a quick recap of the preview content we’ve put together here at VT.

    OFFENSIVE MATCHUP by lindsey young

    Lindsey thinks that, despite concerns along the offensive line, the Vikings have enough ingredients for an explosive offense to put on a show against suddenly San Francisco defense. Teddy Bridgewater is earning some high praise, including from his star running back, Adrian Peterson.

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    The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are days away from trimming the 90-man roster down to 75 after the Dallas preseason game and then the final 53 — after the fifth and final exhibition at Tennessee — as the 2015 campaign begins.

    Since my mock draft skills are itching to get out, I did a mock 53-man roster and practice squad prediction/projection/forecast. Enjoy! (Also please be quick to tell me where I’m wrong, suck, and am terrible.)

    5 Teddy Bridgewater
    13 Shaun Hill
    I think this makes the most sense to keep 2 QBs on the roster & toss the kid Heinicke (who has shown some promise in spurts) on the practice squad. Also I think Teddy’s done enough to stay off the 53-man bubble…

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