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Minnesota Vikings Preseason Week 3: 5 Players On The Roster Bubble

Minnesota Vikings Preseason Week 3: 5 Players On The Roster Bubble

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Heading into the third week of the preseason, the Minnesota Vikings have actually added the same amount of players as the team has cut. This should change by the end of this weekend’s matchup, as the regular season is approaching quickly.

Here are five Vikings players who are currently on the roster bubble.

5. FB/RB Zach Line

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5. FB/RB Zach Line

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While Zach Line played running back in college, he profiles more as a fullback in the NFL. The Vikings already have pro bowl fullback Jerome Felton on their roster to go along with Adrian Peterson and multiple other running backs who are strong candidates to make the 53-man roster. A standout during the 2013 preseason, Line has yet to do anything notable this season. As a result, he may be playing in his last preseason game with the team.

4. DB Antone Exum Jr.

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4. DB Antone Exum Jr.

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Despite having a very weak secondary in 2013, the Vikings have arguably their most depth at defensive back this season. Antone Exum, a late-round 2014 draft pick, has done some good things in his first NFL preseason, but he has been outplayed by just about every other player vying for the strong safety position. He will likely spend the 2014 season on the Vikings' practice squad.

3. WR Rodney Smith

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3. WR Rodney Smith

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It may have been just a preseason game, but Rodney Smith had, without-a-doubt, his best NFL performance last weekend against the Arizona Cardinals. Despite his late-game heroics, he is still listed behind five other players on the wide receiver depth chart. If the Vikings choose to only keep five wide receivers, Smith will likely be the odd man out. However, if he continues to play like he did last week, Smith will be a tough guy to cut.

2. QB Christian Ponder

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2. QB Christian Ponder

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I listed Christian Ponder in my Week 1 edition of Vikings bubble players and then removed him from the Week 2 list. After not playing a down against the Cardinals and not throwing a single pass during 11-on-11 drills at practice today, Ponder has re-emerged as a possible roster cut candidate. It appears as if the Vikings have noticed that keeping Ponder forces the team to cut players who could help the team this season, such as Rodney Smith.

1. WR Jerome Simpson

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1. WR Jerome Simpson

Jerome Simpson Minnesota Vikings
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Jerome Simpson isn't on this list due to lack of talent or a poor showing during the preseason this year. The reason why he makes this list is a result of a looming suspension due to off-the-field issues. If he is suspended as a repeat substance abuse offender, Simpson may not be allowed to play for an extended period of time. Essentially, the length of Simpson’s possible suspension is likely the determining factor on whether he makes the team.

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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