Vikings Lock In 53-Man Roster for 2021

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The Minnesota Vikings sheared the 2021 roster down to 53 names on Tuesday as all NFL teams prepare for Week 1 which begins on Thursday, September 9, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Dallas Cowboys.

This is the Vikings 53-man roster.



QB1: Kirk Cousins
QB2: Kellen Mond

Cut: Jake Browning, Nate Stanley

Running Back

RB1: Dalvin Cook
RB2: Alexander Mattison
RB3: Kene Nwangwu

Cut: A.J. Rose, Ameer Abdullah


FB1: C.J. Ham

Cut: Jake Bargas

Wide Receiver

WR1: Adam Thielen
WR2: Justin Jefferson
WR3: K.J. Osborn
WR4: Dede Westbrook
WR5: Ihmir Smith-Marsette
WR6: Dan Chisena

Cut: Whop Philyor, Myron Mitchell, Chad Beebe

Tight End

TE1: Irv Smith Jr.
TE2: Tyler Conklin
TE3: Brandon Dillon

**Traded draft-pick compensation to New York Jets for TE Chris Herndon.

Cut: Shane Zylstra, Zach Davidson

Left Tackle

LT1: Rashod Hill
LT2: Christian Darrisaw

Right Tackle

RT1: Brian O’Neill
RT2: Blake Brandel

Cut: Zack Bailey


C1: Garrett Bradbury
C2: Mason Cole

Left Guard

LG1: Ezra Cleveland

Cut: Dru Samia, Kyle Hinton

Right Guard

RG1: Oli Udoh
RG2: Wyatt Davis

Cut: Dakota Dozier


Left Defensive End

LDE1: Danielle Hunter
LDE2: Jalyn Holmes
LDE3: Patrick Jones II

Cut: Hercules Mata’afa

Right Defensive End

RDE1: D.J. Wonnum
RDE2: Stephen Weatherly

Cut: Kenny Willekes, Everson Griffen

Nose Tackle

NT1: Michael Pierce
NT2: Armon Watts
NT3: James Lynch

3-Tech Defensive Tackle

3DT1: Dalvin Tomlinson
3DT2: Sheldon Richardson

Strongside Linebacker

SLB1: Anthony Barr
SLB2: Ryan Connelly
SLB3: Blake Lynch

Middle Linebacker

MLB1: Eric Kendricks
MLB2: Troy Dye

Cut: Tuf Borland

Weakside Linebacker

WLB1: Nick Vigil
WLB2: Chazz Surratt


CB1: Patrick Peterson
CB2: Bashaud Breeland
CB3: Mackensie Alexander
CB4: Cameron Dantzler
CB5: Kris Boyd
CB6: Harrison Hand

Cut: Tye Smith, Parry Nickerson


S1: Harrison Smith
S2: Xavier Woods
S3: Josh Metellus
S4: Camryn Bynum

Cut: Myles Dorn, Luther Kirk

Special Teams


K1: Greg Joseph


P1: Britton Colquitt

Long Snapper

LS1: None

Cut: Andrew DePaola

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday along with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).