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Vikings release first 53 man roster

Quarterbacks (3)

On the Initial 53: Kirk Cousins; Nick Mullens and Jaren Hall

Waived: Jordan Ta’amu

O’Connell said last week that an NFL rule change this offseason regarding a team’s third quarterback and the team’s interest in continuing to develop Hall were enticements when deciding whether to keep two or three quarterbacks.

Running Backs (3)

On the Initial 53: Alexander Mattison; Kene Nwangwu, Ty Chandler

Waived: DeWayne McBride, Abram Smith, Aaron Dykes

Chandler provided some nice moments in the preseason games while Nwangwu has been on the mend. McBride was a seventh-round pick; Smith and Dykes were added during the preseason.

Fullback (1)

On the Initial 53: C.J. Ham

No surprises here, as O’Connell and other coaches have spoken so glowingly about what Ham adds to the offense, special teams and locker room. He also can provide a little more depth at running back in a pinch.

Receivers (6)

On the Initial 53: Justin Jefferson and K.J. Osborn; Jordan Addison, Jalen Nailor, Brandon Powell, Jalen Reagor

Waived: Blake Proehl, Lucky Jackson, Jacob Copeland, Trishton Jackson, Thayer Thomas, Garett Maag

Some thought the Vikings might be choosing between Powell and Reagor, who both can return punts, but the Vikings opted for six receivers on the initial 53.

Tight Ends (4)

On the Initial 53: T.J. Hockenson; Josh Oliver, Johnny Mundt, Nick Muse

Waived: Ben Sims, Colin Thompson

The Vikings have spoken glowingly about Oliver’s addition, as well as Mundt’s underrated nature for his role. Muse turned in a strong camp and preseason as a second-year pro.

Offensive Line (8)

On the Initial 53: LT Christian Darrisaw, LG Ezra Cleveland, C Garrett Bradbury, RG Ed Ingram, RT Brian O’Neill; C Austin Schlottmann, G Blake Brandel, T Olisaemeka Udoh

Waived: Josh Sokol, Jack Snyder, Alan Ali, Jarrid Williams, Christian DiLauro

Traded: Vederian Lowe to New England

Placed on Reserve/Non-Football Injury: Chris Reed

Defensive Line (5)

On the Initial 53: Dean Lowry, Harrison Phillips and Khyiris Tonga; Jonathan Bullard, Jaquelin Roy

Waived: Ross Blacklock, Esezi Otomewo, T.J. Smith, Calvin Avery

Contract Terminated: Sheldon Day

Roster Exemption: Junior Aho (International Player Pathway program)

The Vikings have worked Lowry, Phillips and Tonga together quite a bit during camp. Bullard adds plenty of experience, and Roy is a fifth-round pick.

Outside Linebackers (5)

On the Initial 53: Marcus Davenport and Danielle Hunter; D.J. Wonnum, Pat Jones II, Andre Carter II

Waived: Luiji Vilain, Benton Whitley

Carter, an undrafted rookie, joins a group of three returnees and free agent addition Davenport.

Inside Linebackers (4)

On the 53: Jordan Hicks, Brian Asamoah II; Troy Dye, Ivan Pace, Jr.

Waived: Wilson Huber

Waived/Injured: Abraham Beauplan

Contract Terminated: Troy Reeder, Tanner Vallejo

The Vikings were able to take an extended look at Pace, an undrafted rookie, while Asamoah was on the mend during the preseason.

Cornerbacks (5)

On the Initial 53: Byron Murphy, Jr., Akayleb Evans; Andrew Booth, Jr., Mekhi Blackmon, NaJee Thompson

Waived: Jaylin Williams, Jameson Houston, C.J. Coldon, Jr., Kalon Barnes

Waived/Injured: Tay Gowan

Contract Terminated: Joejuan Williams

Thompson made the roster as an undrafted free agent because of his shine on special teams.

Safeties (6)

On the Initial 53: Harrison Smith, Camryn Bynum; Josh Metellus, Lewis Cine, Jay Ward, Theo Jackson

Contract Terminated: Jake Gervase

The Vikings love their depth at this position group and are likely to make good use of it with Defensive Coordinator Brian Flores.

Specialists (3)

On the 53: Long Snapper Andrew DePaola; Kicker Greg Joseph, Punter Ryan Wright

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