The 53-man roster for the Minnesota Vikings during the 2016 season has been announced and it contains some surprises fans may not have expected.
The preseason is over for the Minnesota Vikings. That means roster cuts were made and the players who will actually be part of the team for the 2016 season are being placed on the 53-man roster.
In the past, the roster announcements had very few surprises. However, with the team having so much young talent and the competition being tougher than ever, there were a few things on the list that may come to the attention of fans looking over the list.
Running Backs (4) RB Matt Asiata FB Zach Line RB Jerick McKinnon RB Adrian Peterson
Wide Receivers (6) WR Stefon Diggs WR Charles Johnson WR Cordarrelle Patterson WR Adam Thielen WR Laquon Treadwell WR Jarius Wright
Tight Ends (4) TE Rhett Ellison TE David Morgan TE MyCole Pruitt TE Kyle Rudolph
Offensive Linemen (9) C Joe Berger G Alex Boone T T.J. Clemmings C Nick Easton G Brandon Fusco T Matt Kalil G Zac Kerin T Jeremiah Sirles T Andre Smith
Defensive Linemen (8) DT Sharrif Floyd DE Everson Griffen DE Danielle Hunter DT Tom Johnson DT Linval Joseph DE Brian Robison DT Shamar Stephen DE Justin Trattou
Linebackers (7) LB Anthony Barr LB Kentrell Brothers LB Audie Cole LB Chad Greenway LB Eric Kendricks LB Emmanuel Lamur LB Edmond Robinson
Defensive Backs (10) CB Mackensie Alexander S Anthony Harris S Jayron Kearse CB Captain Munnerlyn CB Terence Newman CB Xavier Rhodes S Andrew Sendejo CB Marcus Sherels S Harrison Smith CB Trae Waynes
Special Teams (3) P Jeff Locke LS Kevin McDermott K Blair Walsh
The big surprise is that the team is only carrying two quarterbacks until Taylor Heinicke returns from temporary IR. However, also notable is that the Vikings have four tight ends and three centers (although they list Kerin as a guard) included.
Also, Kearse making the main roster from being a 7th round draft pick to beat out veteran Michael Griffin shows just how much faith the team has in the young man to produce at the NFL level.
What do you think of the Minnesota Vikings 53 man roster? What changes would you have preferred to see? Should fans be worried about only keeping 2 quarterbacks? And is the emphasis on the offensive line and tight ends a gamble on defensive depth? Leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments below.