Looking into my crystal ball and listening to comments and praise of players by GM Rick Spielman and Coach Zimmer This is how I see the roster this year:
QBs: Cousins, Mannion and Stanley. I have Stanley on the active roster. I don’t think the Vikes will take the chance of losing this very good developmental pocket passer.
RBs: Cook, Mattison, Boone and Ham. I don’t think Abdullah makes the team. There are better options for kick returner this year.
WRs: Thielen, Sharpe, Jefferson, Bisi Johnson, Osborn who is also a return specialist and undrafted free agent Quartney Davis. The roster will allow two players from the practice squad to join the game day roster bringing the total from 53 to 55. Davis may be one of these two.
TEs: Rudolph, Smith and Conklin
OL: Ts Cleveland, O’Neill, Hill, Collins. Gs Samia, Udoh, Dozier.
Cs Bradbury, Hinton, and Jones as the second activated practice squad player. Both Speilman and Zimmer went out of their way to praise Udoh and Samia’s play in the Chicago game. OC Gary Kubiak will convert Udoh to G just like he did Kelechi Osemele. Reiff and Elflien will be traded or cut for much needed cap space to sign both Cook and Harris to long term deals.
The Specialists: K Bailey, P Colquitt, LS Cutting
DL: Hunter, Odenigbo, Wonnum, Willekes, Zettel, Pierce, Stephens, Lynch, Watts, J. Johnson, and Mata’Afa.
LBs: Kendricks, Barr, Wilson, Smith, Dye and I believe the Purple could cut ties with Gedeon who is an average LB with concussion issues. I think undrafted free agent Jordan Fehr could replace him on the roster.
CBs: Gladney, Hughes, Hill, Dantzler, Boyd, and Hand. Although CFL players usually have difficulty making it in the NFL Sayles maybe an exception, if so he edges out Hand.
Ss: Smith, Harris, Mettellus, and Cole. I also think undrafted free agent Myles Dorn could take the final spot from Cole.
This is my way too early 53 plus two man Viking roster.