Minnesota Vikings Training Camp: 5 Players On Roster Bubble

Minnesota Vikings: 5 Players On the 2014 Training Camp Roster Bubble

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Including those currently on injured reserve, nearly 100 athletes have been involved in Minnesota Vikings training camp this season. Unfortunately, only 53 of these men will make the Vikings' final roster. Some players are roster locks and others are almost sure to find themselves cut or on the practice squad.

Here are five players who would be difficult for the Vikings' coaching staff to cut this season.

5. RB Joe Banyard

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5. RB Joe Banyard

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The competition to see who will back up Adrian Peterson this season has been quite the battle so far. Rookie Jerick McKinnon has shown an electric skill-set and Matt Asiata has been as impressive as anyone during training camp, per offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Banyard will have to beat out Asiata to make the Vikings' roster, as the team almost surely does not plan on keeping four running backs.

4. TE A.C. Leonard

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4. TE A.C. Leonard

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The Vikings signed Leonard as an undrafted free agent following this year’s NFL Draft. He had reportedly performed well during training camp before recently sustaining a head injury. Leonard has the talent and potential to be a starter someday in the NFL. If he can continue to impress during training camp and in preseason games, Leonard could possibly find himself on the 53-man roster this season.

3. TE Chase Ford

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3. TE Chase Ford

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Ford played very well for the Vikings when given the opportunity to last season. Unfortunately, he sustained an injury before training camp even began and has not had an opportunity to compete for the No. 2 spot behind Kyle Rudolph. With Rhett Ellison healthy and A.C. Leonard opening some eyes, Ford could be a roster casualty due to his injury.

2. WR Adam Thielen

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2. WR Adam Thielen

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Arguably the most popular player at Vikings training camp this year is Thielen, a former Minnesota State-Mankato wide receiver. He has made a number of highlight real grabs and has been named the most improved player since the 2013 season by head coach Mike Zimmer. Thielen’s performance so far in training camp has given him a very compelling argument as to why he should be the Vikings' No. 5 wide receiver.

1. QB Christian Ponder

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1. QB Christian Ponder

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Simply, there just are not too many teams that choose to roster three quarterbacks. Matt Cassel and Teddy Bridgewater are the clear No. 1 and 2 quarterbacks, in some variation, for the Vikings this season, leaving Ponder’s roster status in question. Essentially, Ponder’s status on the Vikings’ 53-man roster this season is more dependent on how many quarterbacks the team chooses to keep, rather than how well he performs during training camp.

Robert Reidell is a Minnesota Vikings Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+.


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