As the final week of preseason approaches, most of us are eager to see who will make the final 53-man roster for this upcoming season. Here are my predictions for what the Vikings are going to look like come September 9th.
Ponder has definitely taken the role as starter and Webb has (and hopefully will tomorrow) proven he is worthy as a secondary. Rosenfels will be holding the clipboard.
Since the beginning of camp it was uncertain of what the future would hold for Peterson but he is back in action and ready to play. Gerhart I feel is definitely a shoo-in.
I also do believe these two have secured their spots for the most part but there may be a surprise with Matt Asiata. Asiata is a skilled runner and has been made an impression during preseason. If he does not make the final cut, I do think he will end up being picked up by another NFL team. Only time will tell.
Rudolph is definitely going to be interesting to watch this season and play an important role for the Vikings. Carlson will start Thursday against the Texans and hopefully prove he earned secondary, although Ellison definitely has a lot of versatility.
Harvin is the obvious choice but the Vikings are still looking for a solid back-up for a wide receiver. I think the Vikings are going to be scanning the wires hard for wide receiver help on Friday night and Saturday morning. I haven’t completely forgotten about Jerome Simpson, especially since he showed promise, but he will miss the first three games of the regular season.
These players have been set in stone since the beginning of camp and I don’t see much changing, especially since Shwartz had his surgery.
I don’t see the defensive line changing much UNLESS Guion plays in the game Thursday night. He is still nursing a PCL sprain he suffered against the Buffalo Bills. Even if he’s unable to go by Thursday, he should be good to go for the opener.
Brinkley finally stepped up his game last Friday, but I would not count out Cole. His athleticism definitely makes him stand out and he could possibly end up secondary or even start as a middle linebacker for a game or two.
Winfield and Cook have locked their spots and I believe Robinson has earned his spot over Carr.
Blanton will reportedly play the entire game on Thursday night so the Vikings can gauge what to expect out of him. It will be interesting to see what he can do in a game.
This trio seems to be the only ones that can fill these roles, so that’s a no-brainer.
The Vikings will take on the Texans in their last preseason game on Thursday August 30.