Josh Frey’s Vikings 53-Man Roster Prediction

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The 2023 preseason schedule has officially come to an end for the Minnesota Vikings.

Now, as the team begins their preparation for their Week 1 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, they will have to trim their roster down to 53 players by Tuesday afternoon. Here is a prediction for that Vikings 53-man roster.


Vikings 53-Man Roster
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Quarterback (3)

  • Kirk Cousins
  • Nick Mullens
  • Jaren Hall

Cuts: Jordan Ta’amu

Running Back (4)

  • Alexander Mattison
  • Ty Chandler
  • Kene Nwangwu
  • C.J. Ham

Cuts: Aaron DykesAbram Smith, DeWayne McBride

Wide Receiver (6)

  • Justin Jefferson
  • K.J. Osborn
  • Jordan Addison
  • Jalen Nailor
  • Brandon Powell
  • Jalen Reagor

Cuts: Jacob Copeland, Lucky Jackson, Trishton Jackson, Garett Maag, Blake Proehl, Thayer Thomas

Tight End (4)

  • T.J. Hockenson
  • Josh Oliver
  • Johnny Mundt
  • Nick Muse

Cuts: Ben Sims, Colin Thompson

Offensive Tackle (4)

  • Christian Darrisaw
  • Brian O’Neill
  • Blake Brandel
  • Vederian Lowe

Cuts: Christian DiLauro, Chim Okorafor, Oli Udoh, Jarrid Williams

Interior Offensive Line (5)

  • Ezra Cleveland
  • Garrett Bradbury
  • Ed Ingram
  • Austin Schlottmann
  • Alan Ali (or outside player)

Cuts: Chris Reed, Jack Snyder, Josh Sokol

Not too many massive surprises here. DeWayne McBride should be able to be stashed on the practice squad, allowing the Vikings to keep him around. This prediction also assumes that Kene Nwangwu will be healthy for Week 1.

When Nwangwu is available, the return ace has been one of the best kick returners in the NFL. If he is not ready to go, though, Aaron Dykes could stick around as well either on the 53-man roster or the practice squad.

Meanwhile, veterans on the offensive line, Chris Reed and Oli Udoh, are out in favor of younger talent. We’re keeping the door open for an outside acquisition at guard as well.


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Outside Linebacker (5)

  • Danielle Hunter
  • Marcus Davenport
  • D.J. Wonnum
  • Patrick Jones
  • Luiji Vilain

Cuts: Andre Carter, Tanner Vallejo

Defensive Line (5)

  • Dean Lowry
  • Harrison Phillips
  • Khyiris Tonga
  • Jaquelin Roy
  • Esezi Otomewo

Cuts: Junior Aho, Calvin Avery, Ross Blacklock, Jonathan Bullard, T.J. Smith

Off-Ball Linebacker (3)

  • Jordan Hicks
  • Brian Asamoah
  • Ivan Pace

Cuts: Troy Dye, Wilson Huber, Troy Reeder, Tanner Vallejo, Abraham Beauplan

Cornerback (6)

  • Byron Murphy
  • Akayleb Evans
  • Andrew Booth
  • Mekhi Blackmon
  • Joejuan Williams
  • NaJee Thompson

Cuts: Kalon Barnes, C.J. Coldon, Tay Gowan, Jaylin Williams

Safety (5)

  • Harrison Smith
  • Cam Bynum
  • Josh Metellus
  • Lewis Cine
  • Jay Ward

Cuts: Theo Jackson, Jake Gervase

Brian Flores has shown throughout his coaching history that he loves to keep a large number of defensive backs around. He kept five safeties and at least five cornerbacks in every season of his head coaching tenure with the Miami Dolphins.

In order to maintain that number, we had to trim down one position in particular: off-ball linebacker. With the Vikings running three-safety sets and trying to get all three of Marcus Davenport, Danielle Hunter, and D.J. Wonnum on the field for passing downs, there could be times where only one of the off-ball guys is on the field. We’re keeping Jordan Hicks, Brian Asamoah, and Ivan Pace around while the Troys get cut.

Special Teams

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  • Greg Joseph


  • Ryan Wright


  • Andrew DePaola

There isn’t all that much to say about this group other than the players that are in the room will all stick around.

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Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho and managing editor of When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys running, gaming, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. Check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.