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Minnesota Vikings roster cuts following 2021 training camp

NFL teams are cutting down to the 53-player maximum. We’ll break down the moves as the Minnesota Vikings sort out their roster decisions.

Head coach Mike Zimmer of the Minnesota Vikings looks at the score board in the fourth quarter of the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on January 3, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan.  Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

Kirk Cousins refusing to get vaccinated from COVID-19 is a story that likely will not go away any time soon, so we’ll see if this will become an issue for him and the Minnesota Vikings during the regular season. They appear to be a fringe playoff team in 2021.

The only questions in the backfield come behind Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison. Minnesota re-signed Ameer Abdullah this offseason and drafted Kene Nwangwu in the fourth round, but he went down with a knee injury, which led to the signing of Ito Smith.

The Vikings have an underrated duo of wideouts with Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen, but there’s a battle for the No. 3 wide receiver role. Nobody has jumped out and grabbed the spot, and it could go to a number of options including Chad Beebe, who is reportedly the frontrunner for that position among Dede Westbrook, Ihmir Smith-Marsette and K.J. Osborn.

Vikings 53-man roster following roster cuts

Minnesota Vikings 53-man roster 2021

Position Name
Position Name
C Garrett Bradbury
CB Mackensie Alexander
CB Kris Boyd
CB Bashaud Breeland
CB Cameron Dantzler
CB Harrison Hand
CB Patrick Peterson
DE Jalyn Holmes
DE Danielle Hunter
DE Patrick Jones II
DE Stephen Weatherly
DE D.J. Wonnum
DT James Lynch
DT Michael Pierce
DT Sheldon Richardson
DT Dalvin Tomlinson
DT Armon Watts
FB C.J. Ham
G Ezra Cleveland
G Wyatt Davis
K Greg Joseph
LB Anthony Barr
LB Ryan Connelly
LB Troy Dye
LB Eric Kendricks
LB Blake Lynch
LB Chazz Surratt
LB Nick Vigil
OL Mason Cole
P Britton Colquitt
QB Kirk Cousins
QB Kellen Mond
RB Dalvin Cook
RB Alexander Mattison
RB Kene Nwangwu
S Camryn Bynum
S Josh Metellus
S Harrison Smith
S Xavier Woods
T Blake Brandel
T Christian Darrisaw
T Rashod Hill
T Brian O'Neill
T Oli Udoh
TE Tyler Conklin
TE Brandon Dillon
TE Irv Smith Jr.
WR Dan Chisena
WR Justin Jefferson
WR K.J. Osborn
WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette
WR Adam Thielen
WR Dede Westbrook
Reserve Injured
WR Bisi Johnson
DE Janarius Robinson
Reserve Non-football injury
DT Jaylen Twyman
Reserve Retired
LB Cameron Smith

*Player who was waived with an injury designation and has reverted back to the team’s injured reserve list

Vikings ​​​​roster cuts

  • QB Jake Browning
  • QB Danny Etling
  • QB Nate Stanley
  • RB Ameer Abdullah
  • RB A.J. Rose Jr.
  • RB Ito Smith
  • FB Jake Bargas
  • WR Chad Beebe
  • WR Warren Jackson
  • WR Myron Mitchell
  • WR Whop Philyor
  • WR Blake Proehl*
  • TE Zach Davidson
  • TE Shane Zylstra
  • OL Zack Bailey
  • OL Dakota Dozier
  • OL Kyle Hinton
  • OL Dru Samia
  • OT Evin Ksiezarczyk
  • C Cohl Cabral
  • DE Jordan Brailford
  • DE Everson Griffen
  • DE Hercules Mata’afa
  • DE Kenny Willekes
  • DT Zeandae Johnson
  • DT Jordon Scott*
  • LB Christian Elliss
  • CB Amari Henderson
  • CB Dylan Mabin
  • CB Parry Nickerson
  • CB Tye Smith
  • S Luther Kirk
  • S Myles Dorn
  • K Riley Patterson
  • LS Turner Bernard

LS Andrew DePaola

Minnesota Vikings 53-man roster 2021

Position Name
Position Name
C Garrett Bradbury
CB Mackensie Alexander
CB Kris Boyd
CB Bashaud Breeland
CB Cameron Dantzler
CB Harrison Hand
CB Patrick Peterson
DE Jalyn Holmes
DE Danielle Hunter
DE Patrick Jones II
DE Stephen Weatherly
DE D.J. Wonnum
DT James Lynch
DT Michael Pierce
DT Sheldon Richardson
DT Dalvin Tomlinson
DT Armon Watts
FB C.J. Ham
G Ezra Cleveland
G Wyatt Davis
K Greg Joseph
LB Anthony Barr
LB Ryan Connelly
LB Troy Dye
LB Eric Kendricks
LB Blake Lynch
LB Chazz Surratt
LB Nick Vigil
OL Mason Cole
P Britton Colquitt
QB Kirk Cousins
QB Kellen Mond
RB Dalvin Cook
RB Alexander Mattison
RB Kene Nwangwu
S Camryn Bynum
S Josh Metellus
S Harrison Smith
S Xavier Woods
T Blake Brandel
T Christian Darrisaw
T Rashod Hill
T Brian O'Neill
T Oli Udoh
TE Tyler Conklin
TE Brandon Dillon
TE Irv Smith Jr.
WR Dan Chisena
WR Justin Jefferson
WR K.J. Osborn
WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette
WR Adam Thielen
WR Dede Westbrook
Reserve Injured
WR Bisi Johnson
DE Janarius Robinson
Reserve Non-football injury
DT Jaylen Twyman
Reserve Retired
LB Cameron Smith