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VIKINGS CUT TRACKER: Who Makes the Final 53?

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As the Minnesota Vikings pare their roster down from 90 players to 53, Zone Coverage will have analysis on each cut throughout the next 24 hours.

3:22 p.m. Saturday: The Vikings made their cuts official, revealing that LB Edmond Robinson, WR Cayleb Jones and TE Kyle Carter have been waived. That means the Vikings are keeping six receivers, three tight ends and six linebackers.

3:10 p.m. Saturday: Per reports, the Vikings will retain undrafted free agents Aviante Collins and Eric Wilson. Collins, a tackle out of TCU, and Wilson, a linebacker out of Cincinnati, are minor surprises to make the team.

2:50 p.m. Saturday: Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reports that the Vikings will keep Jarius Wright on their 53-man roster. That means the team likely will not find a way to keep Rodney Adams, Stacy Coley and Cayleb Jones.

2:35 p.m. Saturday: According to Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune, the Vikings cut LG Alex Boone in their most surprising move yet. Boone signed a four-year deal as a free agent last offseason and was guaranteed $3.4 million this year. The Vikings will likely make Nick Easton the starting left guard.

1:56 p.m. Saturday: Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that the Vikings will place DT Datone Jones on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. It’s unknown when Jones sustained the injury, but if it’s not serious, the Vikings could activate Jones later in the season as one of their two IR returns. Jones was brought in as veteran depth during the offseason but did not perform as well as expected in the new system.

1:47 p.m. Saturday: Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune reports that S Jack Tocho has been waived. Tocho, a seventh-round pick, was converted from cornerback to safety but could not surpass Anthony Harris or Jayron Kearse on the depth chart.

1:46 p.m. Saturday: According to Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press, the Vikings waived third-string QB Taylor Heinicke with an injury designation because of his concussion and oblique strain. Heinicke was thought to be a candidate to win the backup job over Case Keenum, but an uneven preseason cost him. Heinicke will revert to the injured reserve list if he clears waivers.

1:33 p.m. Saturday: Apologies, but it looks like LB Elijah Lee may have slipped through the cracks as an earlier waive. He was considered a great value pick in the seventh round but did not get much an opportunity in training camp.

1:28 p.m. Saturday: Reports indicate that the Vikings have waived CB Terrell Sinkfield, OL Willie Beavers and DE Ifeadi Odenigbo. Sinkfield was an intriguing prospect after converting from receiver to corner, Beavers was cut for the second year in a row after being a fourth-round pick, and Odenigbo was simply beaten out by undrafted free agent Tashawn Bower, who appears likely to make the roster.

12:51 p.m. Saturday: Andrew Krammer at the Minneapolis Star Tribune has reported that the Vikings have waived C/G Zac Kerin. A practice squad player for a few years, the Vikings liked his development. But now, they have too many centers and interior linemen to keep them all.

12:38 p.m. Saturday: Chris Tomasson at the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that CB Horace Richardson has been waived. He was an intriguing undrafted free agent, but the Vikings already have difficult decisions to make with regards to that defensive back corps.

12:24 p.m. Saturday: Chris Tomasson at the St. Paul Pioneer Press tweets that DT Dylan Bradley has been waived. He joined a stack defensive tackle group and had a tough time of it. He’s a practice squad candidate.

11:39 a.m. Saturday: Chris Tomasson at the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that RB Bronson Hill has been waived. He was signed late in the preseason after Bishop Sankey went down with injury and had a good final game.

Morning Saturday: QB Mitch Leidner, WR Isaac Fruechte, OT Reid Fragel and K Marshall Koehn have all been cut. The only notable cut among these is kicker Marshall Koehn, as it means Kai Forbath has won the job. The Vikings seemingly preferred Forbath’s reliability over Koehn’s leg.

7:26 p.m. Friday: Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press tweeted that the Vikings have informed TE Nick Truesdell that he will be waived. Truesdell was signed after good performance in the Indoor Football League and could be a long-term developmental prospect.

5:45 p.m. Friday: Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported that the Minnesota Vikings are trading for Seattle Seahawks CB Tramaine Brock. Brock was released by the 49ers following a domestic violence charge, but after the charges were dropped, he signed with the Seattle Seahawks.

5:07 p.m. Friday: OG Freddie Tagaloa has been informed he’s been waived, per Chris Tomasson at the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He will not be waived with an injured designation. Tagaloa earned an undrafted free agent contract after impressing at rookie minicamp.

4:46 p.m. Friday: Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune tweeted that RB Terrell Newby has been waived. The former Nebraska running back didn’t have great odds to make the roster but could provide soft depth as a player who will regularly be available to call and sign if the Vikings encounter injury issues.

4:15 p.m. Friday: Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press reported that former Michigan State WR R.J. Shelton will be waived with an injured designation and put on injured reserve. He took the final kickoff of the preseason and apparently fractured his foot.

4:03 p.m. Friday: Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune reported that CB Sam Brown was waived. Brown was signed for cornerback depth during training camp and actually got a start Thursday night with Xavier Rhodes and Terence Newman taking the night off.

4:03 p.m. Friday: Andrew Krammer of the Star Tribune tweeted that DT Chunky Clements has been released. Clements struggled in one-on-ones during training camp and was simply too far down the depth chart to stand a chance at making the roster.

4:02 p.m. Friday: Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press reported that the Vikings cut veteran DT Will Sutton. Sutton, 25, was a promising acquisition from the Chicago Bears, but the Vikings proved to be extremely deep at the defensive tackle position with the emergence of rookie Jaleel Johnson.

3:55 p.m. Friday: Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press tweeted that rookie DE Sam McCaskill out of Boise State was waived. The Vikings have a wealth of riches at defensive end, including rookies Ifeadi Odenigbo and Tashawn Bower, both of whom are also at risk of being released but are higher up the depth chart than McCaskill.

3:41 p.m. Friday: Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune tweeted that the Vikings waived second-year WR Moritz Bohringer. This likely marks the end of the road for the German wideout, who spent one year on the practice squad but struggled mightily in practice throughout August.

3:40 p.m. Friday: Andrew Krammer of the Star Tribune reported that CB Tre Roberson will be waived. Roberson entered training camp with high hopes of being the team’s sixth corner but, like Jabari Price, struggled in practice and in preseason games. It’s possible he could see the practice squad once again.

3:24 p.m. Friday: Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune reported that LB Noor Davis was cut. He was signed during training camp as linebacker depth and, most notably, was kicked out of practice one day for getting in a shoving match with Reid Fragel.

2:32 p.m. Friday: Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press reported that TE Josiah Price has been cut. Price, an undrafted free agent, never had a great shot of making the roster. Even with a pair of injuries to tight ends Kyle Rudolph and Bucky Hodges, Price did not make a catch during Thursday’s preseason finale.

2:23 p.m. Friday: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Vikings will release OL T.J. Clemmings. The third-year player appeared in all but one game for the Vikings in his first two seasons, largely due to a rash of injuries on the offensive line. Clemmings struggled at tackle, so the coaching staff tried transitioning him to guard. Ostensibly the transition didn’t go as planned with Clemmings getting demoted to the third unit in mid-August.

2:21 p.m. Friday: The Vikings appear to have cut ties with fourth-year CB Jabari Price, based on a tweet from Price’s account. Price had a topsy-turvy career in Minnesota that included a DWI, a training camp fight and a season-ending injury. He was in the final year of his rookie contract and was one of the competitors for the final cornerback spot. He did not perform well against Miami Thursday night.


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