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Minnesota Vikings roster updates from training camp

NFL training camp is underway and rosters will be pared down to the 53-player maximum. We’ll break down the moves as the Minnesota Vikings sort out their roster decisions.

Adam Thielen #19 of the Minnesota Vikings reacts against the New Orleans Saints during a game at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 05, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

NFL training camp is under way and that means news will start flowing from each team. How that news will be distributed in the time of Covid-19 restrictions is still to be seen, but news will get out one way or the other. We’ll take that news and give you our fantasy and betting analysis. And that news and analysis, including roster moves, injuries, all the way to hype videos, will be disseminated right here, on this very page for the Minnesota Vikings.

The Vikings made a blockbuster trade over the offseason to send Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills for draft collateral. While that move made Adam Thielen the top target for Kirk Cousins, rookie wideout Justin Jefferson will also have an important role to play. Can Dalvin Cook follow up last year with another solid campaign? Will Kyle Rudolph be challenged by Irv Smith Jr. at tight end? Those questions still need to be answered.

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High fantasy/betting impact

* Acquired DE Yannick Ngakoue from the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for a second-round selection in the 2021 draft and a conditional fifth-round selection in the 2022 draft. — August 31

The Vikings lost big pieces of their defensive line this offseason and very much needed to add some talent, which they have done here.

* DE Danielle Hunter has missed nine-straight practices due to “minor tweak.”

The Vikings defensive line has taken a beating this offseason. They need Hunter to help stabilize the defensive line.

* Justin Jefferson returns from the reserve/Covid-19 list.

This is big, as his versatility out wide will be important to Cousins’ production. Cousins is used to two players capable of exceeding 1,000 receiving yards, so Jefferson will have to learn fast. The receiving corps would look a little shaky without him.

Low fantasy/betting impact

* Signed LB Hardy Nickerson.
* Signed RB Tony Brooks-James.
* Claimed S Steven Parker off waivers from Miami Dolphins.
* Second-year linebacker Cam Smith will miss the 2020 season.

Smith won’t play due to a heart condition, but only appeared in five games as a rookie.

Covid-19 list

Anthony Barr, LB — July 30 — Activated August 3
Blake Brandel, OL — July 27 — Activated July 31
Brian Cole II, S — July 27 — Activated August 4
Tyler Higby, OL — July 27 — Activated August 9
Justin Jefferson, WR — July 27 — Activated August 4
Ifeadi Odenigbo, DE — July 29 — Activated August 3
Cameron Smith, LB — July 29 — Activated August 10
Olisaemeka Udoh, OT — July 29 — Activated August 13
Armon Watts, DT — August 4 — Activated August 6

PUP/NFI list

LB Ben Gedeon — August 3
CB Nevelle Clarke — July 28
WR Quartney Davis — July 28

Players who have opted out

Michael Pierce, DT, (Starter) — Source

Full list of roster cuts

September 2

RB Tony Brooks-James
LB Jordan Fehr
LB Quentin Poling
DE Stacy Keely
DE Anthony Zettel

August 26

S Brian Cole II

August 19

CB Marcus Sayles

August 17

LB Quentin Poling

August 15

OL Brady Aiello

August 10

LB Cam Smith

August 8

RB Tony Brooks

August 6

WR Bralon Addison

August 3

WR Davion Davis
CB Kemon Hall