I really don't think Sapp is on the bubble. Hell, we already resigned him, a roster spot is his to lose. We have Ced, Winfield, Sheppard, Cook, Allen and Sapp. I honestly believe we go with 6 CB's this season. Cook and Winfield could probably even double as safeties if we get into trouble. Sapp played well enough last year, filling in for Winfield that I think he has a spot saved. Plus, winfield and Sheppard are older, and both have had injury issues, I don't see either here in the long term. If sapp keeps progressing, he could become a decent corner for us.
Sapp, Benny – If Cedric Griffen is on the PUP list he should make the roster, he may even make it if Cedric isn’t on the PUP list. However, if the CB group comes back to form (Griffen, Winfield, Shepard, Cook) and Allen continues to show progress then the Vikings would be better off using this roster spot to shore up another position and in the long term bring in a CB that brings KR/PR skills to the team as well. (Look for a CB/S with “top-notch” return skills to get drafted next year to really solidify this group)
I wouldn't be surprised if he gets cut. We got Griffen in the draft, who looks to be a more able backup to Ray than Mitchell. Mitchell doesn't bring much to the table except for size.
Mitchell, Jayme – Young and big 6-6-285, Mitchell is a player that still hasn’t reached his full potential yet. But, with the depth on this team he will find himself fighting for a roster spot. I think the team is still intrigued with Jayme and his Ceiling is much higher than other players who will be borderline to make the team.
I don't see him staying long either. Probably a late cut when we need to get down to 53. At DE we have Ray, Griffen, Mitchell, Allen, Robison and Montgomery. At least one, probably two of these guys are going to be facing unemployment in the near future.
Montgomery, Matt – It could be a short stay in Minnesotta for Matt, he is listed as a DT on the roster but he is capable of playing DE as well. With the addition of Everson Griffen the Vikings won’t have any room for Montgomery to show his skills at DE. His experience may help him beat out Giuon or Evans, but it will be tight, and there is still the threat of a FA DT signing that would really put Matt on the short list.
Not sure about this guy. He was drafted as a project. he's 22 years old and already has a year in the league. He was drafted, knowing full well he wouldn't be a starter anytime soon. I have a feeling he gets another year.
Guion, Letroy – This is the type of young player who could easily be squeezed off of the team before he gets to show what he is capable of. With the drafting of Griffen and the signing of Montgomery the DLine is a very talented and deep group. Not to mention that if a talented FA-DT that could replace Fat Pat becomes available the Vikings would be hard pressed not to sign him.
Unfortunately, I have a feeling he'll be back. Gerhart won't be a FB for us, maybe just a situational package-type FB. I'd love to see Sauce back in the backfield, but I don't think that will happen.
Tahi, Naufahu – They should call this guy “fly-paper”, he seems to stick around longer than most people want him to. The team has made a statement the last few years by letting TEs take plenty of reps at the FB position and this year drafted a LB to FB conversion project to boot. How much longer can Tahi stick around? I think Tahi makes the 53 man roster and gets activated for games where he figures more prominently in the game plan. But, make no mistake, the team would love to find a standout TE/FB hybrid player to take advantage of the roster spot. Until then, Tahi will still find a spot on the roster.
Not sure with this guy either. He does help our ST's. Marrdro will be the first to point out he's not all over the field making tackle after tackle, but I don't recall seeing him getting beat or taking poor angles either...
Farwell, Heath – While he was voted to the Pro-bowl last year as a special teams player, that may not be enough to help him make the team this year. Farwell is undersized to play LB and some have questioned his pro-bowl selection as being due mainly to the fans overwhelming vote turnout. Add that to questions regarding his full recovery from injury and the drafting of four players who should be able to contribute on special teams (Triplett, Griffen, Webb, Cook) and Lloyds addition as a KOS which will reduce Farwell’s importance to the team then Farwell’s departure from the team might be the surprise of the offseason.
I don't see Webb or Griffen playing much special teams, but we have Onatolu, Sanford, Abdolluh, Farwell, Henderson, Tripplett and Cook. Thats 7 special teams player, plus Sanford and Abdullah are backup safeties as well. I'm not sure how much Farwell's contract is, but I have a feeling he'll be safe
Not an ideal size, but I think he played pretty damn well last year on special teams. Well enough to have a good shot at coming back. If he's cut, I won't be shocked, but I have a feeling he's back.
Onatolu, Kenny – An undersized LB who is also slow (especially for his size), you have to think Onatolu’s roster spot is at risk. Add to the mix the addition of Cook/Webb/Griffen/Triplett and the team should be able to plug someone in on STs as well. I think a FA LB signing is not out of the question as well with the uncertainty of Henderson coming back at 100%. All this makes Onatolu a bubble player to make the roster this year.
Perrilloux won't be beating sage out anytime soon, and Sage's contract might restrict us from just cutting him. However, A trade is fully possible. I'll be watching this situation unfold pretty intensely.
Rosenfels, Sage – Perrilloux has the arm and the on-field ability to make teams take notice, and that’s just what the Vikings will be doing this pre-season. I think the team will be laser focused on how Perrilloux handles himself in camp and around his teammates. If he proves out to be as advertised on the field and doesn’t set any red flags off the field, then we may finally find out who the Vikings coaching staff believes in, Sage or TJax. I rate Sage and TJax as just about even myself, but, I personally think they will find a trading partner for Sage in a heartbeat if they decide to keep Perriloux. So, Sage is on the Bubble more for his trade value than anything else.
I really won't miss Albert. He didn't have any particularly good skills as a back. No speed, not great power or vision. Not great ball skills. He looked terrible during the preseason for hte past two years except when he played other 3rd/4th string players. I'd love to see Reynaud or Ian Johnson take his spot.
Young, Albert – With AD and Gerhart on the team, Young’s value to the team falls off considerably. After AD and Gerhart they will want to carry a more maneuverable back like Reynaud. Young just does not add anything to the current mix of players.
I don't see him as on the bubble. He's a good punt returner, always seems to get some decent yardage, except he scares the shit out of me when he catches the ball. I don't think that guy called a fair catch once.
Reynaud, Darius – I think Reynaud is guaranteed a spot due to his PR/KR abilities and 3rd down RB/Slot WR makes the most since. Now, after saying that, I think the Vikings will be on the lookout for a “Joe McKnight” type in next years draft if Reynaud does not work out this year. While Reynaud is a good return man, he isn’t great enough to command a spot on the roster unless he shows something out of the backfield this year.
I touched on these guys already, and I don't see both of them making it. I forgot about Frampton but included Sanford. I see Frampton being the odd man out here.
Frampton, Eric/Abdullah, Husain – Both of these guys are in the same spot, 4th or 5th Safety on the team. And with Cook being drafted and likely to play Safety in a pinch and the tremendous roster pressure at most every position I think one of these guys makes the 53-man roster and one says goodbye.
We just resigned him, he's not going anywhere.
Cook, Ryan – Drafted as a C out of college, able to play Every position on the OLine, Cook is an interesting player. He first moved to T from C to make his first start and didn’t fair well until his second year. And then we brought in Loadholt to replace him. I still don’t think we know what we have with Cook. Even if we find a good FA Olineman I see him making the 53 man roster as a worst case this year as the “utility back-up you don’t have to play until you are forced to”.
Jack of all trades, but master of none. I think he'll be back, but one of his fellow positional teammates won't be
Dugan, Jeff – Undersized for a blocking tight-end, capable of filling in at FB, and a contributor on Special teams, Dugan is the definition of a utility player. However, he does not shine brightly enough at any spot to demand a roster spot. While Dugan likely makes the 53 man roster, he needs to show more on offense if he wants to keep a spot next year. Look for the Vikings to bring in a big blocking TE next year to prepare for Sausser’s retirement.
I'm still trying to figure out why he's still on the team. he's done literally nothing for us so far. Gone.
Mills, Garrett - TE,6-1,235 , a Tight-End in a Fullbacks body. There will be a lot of pressure at other positions for this roster spot, and with the fresh injection of athletes to help out on special teams and Lloyd making special teams coverage less important I just don’t think the Vikings can afford 4 TEs on the roster. Mills’ impact to the team just doesn’t warrant a spot this year.
Rice, harvin, Berrian, ..... it drops off fairly quickly after that. Receivers are banged up all the time, harvin was out frequently, Berrian was banged up, and Rice took a beating, but hung in there. After that, who's left? Jaymar, Reynaud and Lewis. I think Reynaud is back, and after that, its between lewis and Jaymar. I think jaymar gets the nod here.
Lewis, Greg – While we will all remember “The Catch” from last year, Lewis needs to contribute more than 96 yards on offense to be a contributor. His special teams contributions will be downgraded because of Lloyd and the added athletes in this years draft. With the potential that Webb brings to the game as blocking WR and his ability to dominate off the line Lewis or Johnson one will find themselves on the 53 man roster by the end of the year.
Alright for returns, has some work to do as a receiver. I think he has more upside than Lewis. Cris Carter, Larry Fitzgerald and Jerry Rice were all very impressed with Jaymar's skills when he attended their Receiver camp last year. If three of the best are all sold on him, I am. welcome back Jaymar.
Johnson, Jaymar – A well liked player that really only brings average Punt Return skills to the team. Jamar will be hard pressed to make the team this year. As a fifth WR he does not bring much to the team (1 catch last year), the young Joe Webb’s physical abilities to dominate at the line of scrimmage and to help dominate CBs in the running game may be too much for Jamar to overcome. Jamar’s best hope to make the team is if the staff feels that they have no other options as a back-up PR to Reynaud. (Note, another reason to make sure there is a CB or two on the team that is a good PR/KR for Flexibility)