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Minnesota Vikings Preseason: 5 Things To Watch For in Week 2

Minnesota Vikings Preseason: Things To Watch For in Week 2

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Week 2 of the NFL preseason has begun and with it comes a number of new plots to keep an eye on as well as the continuation of some of Week 1’s storylines. The Minnesota Vikings serve as host to one of the most intriguing preseason teams in the NFL, given the offseason coaching changes and multiple positional battles.

Here are five Vikings storylines to follow in Week 2 of the preseason.

5. Roster Cuts

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5. Roster Cuts

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This league-wide storyline will begin to dominate the headlines as we dive deeper into the preseason. Most team rosters, Vikings' included, still carry over 90 players. This number will steadily diminish in the coming weeks, since each team is only allowed to roster 53 players come the regular season. Undrafted rookie TE A.C. Leonard was the only notable cut from the Vikings' roster last week, but multiple WRs, LBs and DBs could be cut this week.

4. Impact of Injuries

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4. Impact of Injuries

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The Vikings have suffered a variety of different injuries to multiple key players this preseason. During Friday’s game, S Mistral Raymond suffered a concussion and DT Linval Joseph endured a minor gunshot wound at a club later that night. Their injuries add them to a list, which already includes S Robert Blanton, TE Chase Ford and CB Josh Robinson. Injuries will surely impact positional battles and could potentially lead to a free agent signing.

3. Matt Asiata vs. Jerick McKinnon

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3. Matt Asiata vs. Jerick McKinnon

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Everyone already knows who the Vikings' No. 1 running back is, but the No. 2 spot on the depth chart is yet to be solidified. Asiata played well in limited playing time on Friday, scoring the Vikings’ lone touchdown, while McKinnon showed he could potentially be more than a Darren Sproles-like running back. The Vikings will very likely roster both players, but how often and in which situations they are used remains to be determined.

2. Anthony Barr’s Role Increasing?

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2. Anthony Barr’s Role Increasing?

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Barr rose to the occasion in his NFL debut, recording half a sack, while making few mistakes in multiple defensive alignments. Rumors are circulating that Barr has already locked up the starting SLB position and is now aiming his sights on an expanded role. Reports have stated that Barr may not only be lining up as a linebacker against the Arizona Cardinals this weekend, but possibly as a hand-on-the-ground defensive end as well.

1. Matt Cassel vs. Teddy Bridgewater

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1. Matt Cassel vs. Teddy Bridgewater

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The Vikings' quarterback competition will continue to dominate Minnesota headlines until Mike Zimmer names his starter. Cassel certainly has the advantage, but Bridgewater could still close the gap. Cassel was excellent against the Raiders, leading the Vikings to their only touchdown, but Bridgewater was certainly not a complete disappointment. Bridgewater surely has some things to iron out this week, but he did show potential last Friday.

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+