Trade Rumors, Confusion Headline Vikings 53-Man Roster Cuts on Deadline Day

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The Minnesota Vikings are whittling their roster down to the maximum 53 players allowed by the NFL early this week and cuts continue to trickle out through Tuesday, leading up to the deadline at 3 PM CT. Monday’s cuts went mostly as expected but there have been some twists and turns today.

Young hopefuls — like RB DeWayne McBride WR Trishton Jackson, OLB Luiji Vilain and (former Gopher) Esezi Otomewo — are three of the more notable roster casualties but none of them were roster locks. The Vikings plan to bring the former two names back as practice squad players. Veteran cuts on Monday evening included defensive tackles Ross Blacklock and Sheldon Day.

Trade Rumors and Cut Confusion

Kwesi Adofo-Mensah may try to clear a roster spot by trading former 1st round wide receiver, Jalen Reagor, too, and the Vikings, per Adam Schefter (ESPN) have multiple interested teams.

But Tuesday’s roster news was headlined by confusion, when it was initially reported that preseason standout and special teams favorite, (CB) Najee Thompson, was cut. About 10 minutes later, while hardcore Vikings Twitter was still grieving over Thompson’s supposed release, insiders retracted their initial report and named Najee to the 53-man roster.

Final Vikings 53-man roster

Here is the Minnesota Vikings’ updated 53-man roster, including cuts from Tuesday (strikethrough). They kept (3) quarterbacks, (3) running backs, (1) fullback, (6) wide receivers, (4) tight ends, (8) offensive linemen, (5) defensive linemen, (5) outside linebackers, (4) inside linebackers, (5) cornerbacks, (6) safeties, (1) kicker, (1) punter and (1) long-snapper.

Kirk Cousins8QB356′ 3″205 lbs12Michigan State
Jaren Hall16QB256′ 0″207 lbsRBYU
Nick Mullens12QB286′ 0″210 lbs5Southern Miss
Ty Chandler32RB255′ 11″204 lbs2North Carolina
Aaron Dykes46RB235′ 11″202 lbsRRichmond
Alexander Mattison2RB255′ 11″215 lbs5Boise State
DeWayne McBride37RB225′ 10″209 lbsRUAB
Kene Nwangwu26RB256′ 1″210 lbs3Iowa State
C.J. Ham30FB305′ 11″250 lbs7Augustana (SD)
Jordan Addison3WR215′ 11″175 lbsRUSC
Jacob Copeland28WR246′ 0″203 lbs1Maryland
Lucky Jackson15WR266′ 0″186 lbsRWestern Kentucky
Trishton Jackson9WR256′ 1″191 lbs2Syracuse
Justin Jefferson18WR246′ 1″195 lbs4LSU
Jalen Nailor83WR246′ 0″190 lbs2Michigan State
K.J. Osborn17WR265′ 11″203 lbs4Miami
Brandon Powell19WR275′ 8″181 lbs6Florida
Blake Proehl13WR246′ 1″190 lbs3East Carolina
Jalen Reagor5WR245′ 11″197 lbs4TCU
Thayer Thomas89WR256′ 0″195 lbsRNC State
T.J. Hockenson87TE266′ 5″248 lbs5Iowa
Johnny Mundt86TE286′ 4″233 lbs6Oregon
Nick Muse34TE246′ 5″252 lbs2South Carolina
Josh Oliver84TE266′ 5″259 lbs5San José State
Ben Sims81TE236′ 5″250 lbsRBaylor
Alan Ali66C246′ 4″301 lbsRTCU
Garrett Bradbury56C286′ 3″300 lbs5NC State
Ezra Cleveland72G256′ 6″312 lbs4Boise State
Ed Ingram67G246′ 3″307 lbs2LSU
Chris Reed62**G316′ 3″314 lbs8Minnesota State Moorhead
Austin Schlottmann65G276′ 6″300 lbs5TCU
Jack Snyder68G266′ 5″310 lbs1San José State
Olisaemeka Udoh74G266′ 6″320 lbs5Elon
Blake Brandel64OT266′ 7″315 lbs3Oregon State
Christian Darrisaw71OT246′ 5″315 lbs3Virginia Tech
Brian O’Neill75OT276′ 7″310 lbs6Pittsburgh
**Expected to start season on Physically Unable to Perform List
Jonathan Bullard93DE296′ 3″290 lbs8Florida
Dean Lowry94DE296′ 6″296 lbs8Northwestern
Esezi Otomewo90DE246′ 5″282 lbs2Minnesota
Junior Aho73DT246′ 4″272 lbsRSMU
Ross Blacklock96DT256′ 5″307 lbs4TCU
Sheldon Day52DT296′ 1″294 lbs7Notre Dame
James Lynch92DT246′ 4″295 lbs4Baylor
Harrison Phillips97DT276′ 3″307 lbs6Stanford
Jaquelin Roy78DT226′ 3″305 lbsRLSU
T.J. Smith50DT266′ 3″300 lbs1Arkansas
Khyiris Tonga95DT276′ 4″338 lbs3BYU
Brian Asamoah II33LB236′ 0″226 lbs2Oklahoma
Abraham Beauplan39LB236′ 2″235 lbsRMarshall
Andre Carter II55LB236′ 6″256 lbsRArmy
Marcus Davenport0LB266′ 6″265 lbs6UTSA
Troy Dye45LB266′ 3″225 lbs4Oregon
Jordan Hicks58LB316′ 1″236 lbs9Texas
Danielle Hunter99LB286′ 5″263 lbs9LSU
Pat Jones II91LB246′ 4″264 lbs3Pittsburgh
William Kwenkeu47LB266′ 1″235 lbs2Temple
Ivan Pace Jr.40LB225′ 10″231 lbsRCincinnati
Troy Reeder59LB286′ 3″245 lbs5Delaware
Luiji Vilain43LB256′ 4″252 lbs2Wake Forest
Benton Whitley51LB246′ 3″260 lbs2Holy Cross
D.J. Wonnum98LB256′ 5″258 lbs4South Carolina
Mekhi Blackmon11CB245′ 11″178 lbsRUSC
Andrew Booth Jr.23CB226′ 0″194 lbs2Clemson
Akayleb Evans21CB246′ 2″198 lbs2Missouri
Tay Gowan31CB256′ 2″185 lbs2UCF
Byron Murphy Jr.7CB255′ 11″190 lbs5Washington
NaJee Thompson36CB235′ 11″205 lbsRGeorgia Southern
Jaylin Williams38CB235′ 10″195 lbsRIndiana
Joejuan Williams29CB256′ 3″212 lbs5Vanderbilt
Camryn Bynum24S256′ 0″200 lbs3California
Lewis Cine6S236′ 2″199 lbs2Georgia
Theo Jackson25S246′ 1″198 lbs2Tennessee
Josh Metellus44S255′ 11″207 lbs4Michigan
Harrison Smith22S346′ 2″211 lbs12Notre Dame
Jay Ward20S236′ 1″188 lbsRLSU
Special Teams
Greg Joseph1PK296′ 0″206 lbs4Florida Atlantic
Ryan Wright14P236′ 3″245 lbs2Tulane
Andrew DePaola42LS366′ 1″229 lbs9Rutgers

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Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan

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