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Banyard among cuts as Vikings release 11 players

The harsh reality for several hopefuls came to fruition Sunday as the Minnesota Vikings released 11 players with the need to get to the 75-man roster limit by Tuesday.

Minnesota released running back Joe Banyard, tight end Brandon Bostick, cornerback Jalil Carter, cornerback Justin Coleman, receiver DaVaris Daniels, offensive tackle Stephen Goodin, linebacker Josh Kaddu, receiver Jordan Leslie, defensive end Caesar Rayford, defensive tackle Chrishon Rose and cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke.

The Vikings have three more cuts to make to reach Tuesday’s limit. They had 89 players on the 90-man roster after releasing veteran long snapper Cullen Loeffler last week.

Banyard, who had spent part of the past two seasons on the active roster, was active for 15 games last season and had 21 carries for 88 yards. In four preseason games this year, the third-year back from UTEP had 18 carries for 51 yards (a 2.8-yard average) and two touchdowns. But Banyard was buried on a depth chart that includes starter Adrian Peterson, expected backups Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata, as well as Dominique Williams and DuJuan Harris.

Bostick was claimed off waivers from the Green Bay Packers in the offseason. He had one catch for four yards in the preseason. Daniels, an undrafted rookie free agent from Notre Dame, had one catch for six yards.

Kaddu saw action in one game last season for the Vikings.

Minnesota finishes the preseason Thursday at Tennessee. The Vikings will need to cut to the final 53-man roster by Saturday.


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Brian Hall

Brian Hall was the Vikings beat reporter for FOX Sports North for four years and had previously covered the team for the Associated Press and PA SportsTicker. He’s seen many big moments (most of which have involved Adrian Peterson) during his time. Brian developed a connection with the team he couldn’t let go of as he faces his first season since Brett Favre was around in which he hasn’t been on the Vikings beat. A University of Minnesota graduate, Brian has worked in the sports media in the Twin Cities, covering everything imaginable, for more than 13 years, making many connections along the way. He’s looking forward to contributing to Vikings Territory and continuing to interact with the Vikings fans who have followed him along the way @MNBrianHall on Twitter.

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  1. it would’ve looked bad if the vikes had sent bostick a thank-you note and a check after the nfccg, so instead they signed him onto the team for a while. they also repeatedly asked him to tell the story of how the phackers choked away a sure win and a trip to the super bowl. deeelicious!

  2. Say it ain’t so Joe! Noticed his game last preseason, there’s a spot for you somewhere in this league