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Minnesota Vikings 2014 Roster Cuts: 10 Players Who Won’t Make Final Cut

Minnesota Vikings 2014 Roster Cuts: 10 Players Who Won’t Make Final Cut

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As of 4:00 p.m. ET, every NFL team was required to have their roster trimmed to 75 players. In order to reach this required number, every team was forced to make multiple roster cuts. The second round of roster cuts is scheduled for this Saturday, following every team’s final preseason game this Thursday. Unfortunately, this means that many players will be jobless this Sunday.

Here are 10 Vikings players unlikely to make the 53-man roster.

10. TE Allen Reisner

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10. TE Allen Reisner

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Entering his fourth NFL training camp, Allen Reisner was faced with the difficult task of beating out either Rhett Ellison or Chase Ford for a spot on the Vikings' roster. While he has played well with the second-team offense, most notably as the recipient of multiple Teddy Bridgewater touchdown passes, Reisner likely will not crack the Vikings’ 53-man roster.

9. RB Dominique Williams

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9. RB Dominique Williams

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Dominique Williams, an undrafted rookie out of Wagner College, has actually performed fairly well throughout his first summer as a member of the NFL. Unfortunately, his competition, namely Matt Asiata, came into this season as a near roster-lock. While Williams likely will not make the 53-man roster, it should not come as a surprise if the Vikings sign him to their practice squad.

8. DT Isame Faciane

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8. DT Isame Faciane

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Isame Faciane, another one of the Vikings’ undrafted free agent signings, has not enjoyed the same success as many of the team’s other rookies this summer. He has seen very little game action and has been buried on the Vikings’ depth chart behind Sharrif Floyd and Tom Johnson. He will likely see plenty of action on Thursday against Tennesse, but his immediate future will likely be as apart of the Vikings’ practice squad.

7. LB Larry Dean

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7. LB Larry Dean

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Larry Dean is currently playing in his fourth NFL season with the Vikings after a successful college career at Valdosta State. He has seen some time at linebacker throughout this tenure, but his main impact has been on special teams. With an influx of young players proving to be worthy of a roster spot, Dean will almost surely have to look elsewhere for work this season.

6. FB Zach Line

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6. FB Zach Line

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After excelling during his first summer with the Vikings before sustaining an injury in 2013, Zach Line has been almost invisible this preseason. With Jerome Felton and carry-hog Adrian Peterson still on the roster, the Vikings have very little use for Line at this time. He will likely spend his second season on the Vikings’ practice squad, preparing to potentially be the team’s fullback sometime in the future.

5. CB Kendall James

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5. CB Kendall James

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Kendall James, a sixth-round pick by the Vikings in the 2014 NFL Draft, has played almost exactly as one would expect a sixth-round draft selection to play. The only problem with this is that fellow late-round pick Jabari Price has outplayed his draft position and Antone Exum offers more versatility on defense. James very well could own a roster spot for the Vikings in the future, but for now he is almost certainly a practice squad-lock.

4. RB Joe Banyard

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4. RB Joe Banyard

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Joe Banyard, a 2013 Vikings’ practice squad member, has performed the best out of any Vikings running back this preseason. His 101 rushing yards and 5.6 yards-per-attempt average are both team-highs this preseason. Despite these statistics, it seems like the Minnesota coaches are already set on Matt Asiata being Adrian Peterson’s backup. With Jerick McKinnon a roster-lock based on draft position and potential, Banyard is likely the odd man out.

3. S Kurt Coleman

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3. S Kurt Coleman

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Kurt Coleman, who may be the most talented of all the Vikings’ potential roster cuts, likely will be cut despite a solid preseason in Minnesota. While he is currently listed as the No. 2 FS on the Vikings’ depth chart, Chris Crocker could take his spot due to his experience playing in Mike Zimmer’s defense. The Vikings will have a few big decisions to make regarding their defensive backs depth chart, but Coleman likely will be the odd man out.

2. WR Kain Colter

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2. WR Kain Colter

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Kain Colter, an undrafted free agent out of Northwestern, outlasted fellow wide receivers Andy Cruse, Kamar Jorden, Erik Lora and Ty Walker despite playing quarterback in college. With only so many roster spots available for wide receivers and both Adam Thielen and Rodney Smith playing at a high level, Colter likely is not long for the Vikings’ roster. He could potentially be another solid practice squad addition.

1. QB Christian Ponder

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1. QB Christian Ponder

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Admittedly, Christian Ponder is probably the least likely of any player on this list to be cut from the Vikings’ roster. However, he has seen little action in practice and did not play a snap in either of the Vikings' last two preseason games. With other players capable of bringing more to the table on a regular basis, the dead money in Ponder’s contract for this season may not be enough to earn him a spot on the 53-man roster.

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