Earlier, Dustin and Wes published their projection for the 53-strong Vikings roster. For the most part I think they nailed it. I do have some disagreements. Instead of writing down my own full list, I’ll just highlight the discrepancies. For a refresher, jump to their projection on either Purple PTSD or Viking area.
QB: Dust and Wes suggest – quite rightly – that Kirk and Kellen will be on this team. What I disagree with is that Browning will be cut off. We all know how bad it can get with one positive test so I expect the Vikes to keep their third year UDFA as he is fully vaccinated.
RB: My only complaint is that AJ Rose makes the team. I find it hard to believe that they will keep him even after all the positives he showed during the pre-season. There’s just too much talent in that position. I expect they will try to keep him on the practice squad.
FB: I actually think they will keep both CJ Ham and Jake Bargas. Why keep two FBs when many teams don’t even use one? Simple. Irv Smith Jr. is out for a while; Bargas is a capable pass catcher. He was a safe option for our young QBs all pre-season. Kirk Cousins specifically praised him in a recent press conference. If he can line up at TE, provide some blocking, and maybe even grab a few passes, Zim can try and keep him.
WR: They believe that Dede will remain as the WR6. I’ve already written about how I don’t think it makes much sense to keep it, so my grid projection cut it. The Vikings start with 5 receivers.
AT: This is a difficult one. I’m subtracting Brandon Dillon from their projection to make the numbers work. Admittedly, I don’t know what our team is going to do here. Life without Irv will be tough.
OL: I think they nailed this one. As much as fans will hate it, Dakota Dozier is probably on this team.
DL: I find it hard to think of too many disagreements with the group they list. The only caveat I would add is that the team may be tempted to keep Jalyn Holmes. To make room, they might have to cut an LB (my guess would be Ryan Connelly).
LB: I think Blake Lynch will find his way to this team. He had some nice shots during the preseason. Put me down in front of Lynch over Connelly. I got an extra player from the attack, so maybe I’ll use that extra spot on Lynch.
DB: I also think they will keep 6 CBs. What I would cautiously disagree with is their decision to cut Metellus. He is a great player in special teams. Expect the Vikings to find room for him, even if that means moving Bynum to the practice team.
Do you have your own opinion? Let us know.