5 Veterans Who Won't Make the Minnesota Vikings' 53-Man Roster

By Gil Alcaraz IV

5 Vikings Veterans Who Won't be Around in Fall

Jerome Simpson
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The Minnesota Vikings certainly weren’t lethargic this offseason. They went out and signed several impact free agents, and made another big splash during the 2014 NFL Draft. However, with training camp just around the corner, it won’t be long before the ax starts to fall on some of the roster’s fringe talents.

With that in mind, here’s a look at five Vikings veterans who could get the ax before September.

FS Kurt Coleman

Kurt Coleman
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FS Kurt Coleman

Kurt Coleman
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Coleman was a nice signing for the Vikings, but the fact remains that he simply isn’t any better than what they currently have available. He was a below-average starter with the Philadelphia Eagles, and routinely made costly mistakes on the back end of the defense. With Harrison Smith locking down the starting spot and Robert Blanton showing some promise, it’s going to be tough for Coleman to earn a roster spot.

G Charlie Johnson

Charlie Johnson
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G Charlie Johnson

Charlie Johnson
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The Vikings brought back Johnson this offseason for the sole purpose of having a fallback plan in the instance they didn’t find a better alternative. While it’s still unclear whether or not the Vikings can find a capable replacement, both Jeff Baca and rookie David Yankey will give Johnson a run for his money. My guess is one of them eclipses him and gives the Vikings enough assurance to sever ties with the veteran.

G Vladimir Ducasse

Vladimir Ducasse
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G Vladimir Ducasse

Vladimir Ducasse
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Once considered a promising guard prospect, Ducasse never quite panned out for the Jets. In fact, apart from a few decent games, the former second-round pick has been a train wreck. Last season, he started four games in New York before being benched due to subpar play. I’m all for the concept of a fresh start, but the Vikings aren’t going to get Ducasse to turn his NFL career around.

CB Marcus Sherels

Marcus Sherels
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CB Marcus Sherels

Marcus Sherels
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This is certainly going to be a tough decision, but the Vikings currently have too many cornerbacks to keep them all. Xavier Rhodes and Captain Munnerlyn are locked in to starting jobs, and Josh Robinson isn’t done in Minnesota yet. The final couple of spots should come down to Sherels, Antone Exum, Shaun Prater and Kendall James. My guess is Sherels goes, especially with options available to take over on punt returns.

WR Jerome Simpson

Jerome Simpson
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WR Jerome Simpson

Jerome Simpson
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The Vikings continue to give Simpson opportunities, but the fact remains that he’s still been a disappointment since signing with Minnesota. Although he’s flashed playmaking ability, Simpson is extremely inconsistent and disappears at times. With a rookie quarterback likely to be starting the majority of 2014, the Vikings can’t afford to keep an unreliable option like Simpson in the lineup.

Gil Alcaraz IV is the Director of Content for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GilAlcarazIV, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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