As of June 23rd, these Minnesota Vikings working back and fullbacks are beneath contract:
RB1: Dalvin Prepare dinner
RB2: Alexander Mattison
RB3: Kene Nwangwu
RB4: Ty Chandler
RB5: Bryant Koback
FB1: C.J. Ham
FB2: Jake Vargas
And to the surprise of no a single, seven RBs and FBs will not make the 53-gentleman roster in September.
Even if the Vikings discover a way to keep most of that bunch, at minimum one particular man still challenges a roster reduce or relegation to the apply squad.
The eventual roster trim-down sets up an fascinating dynamic to keep track of this summer season for the Vikings at education camp and the preseason — both 5 jogging backs will make the group, or someone unforeseen will drop his job.
It is a figures activity.
Late previous summer when the Vikings introduced the 53-male roster, four RBs made it: Dalvin Cook dinner, Alexander Mattison, Kene Nwangwu, and C.J. Ham. Well, that integer of four is quasi-meaningless now, as the coaching team from 2021 does not function for the team any longer.
On the other hand, the 2021 Rams held only a few functioning backs for the frequent season roster — Darrell Henderson, Sony Michel, and Jake Funk. So, for well known Vikings ball-carriers to make the team, the forecast have to modify to 5 souls retained for the regular period — or one particular or two men will be introduced.
The Vikings retaining five RBs and FBs would signify Bryant Koback and Jake Vargas didn’t make the minimize, which would stun no one. But theorizing who might be on the chopping block if the team only retains 4 is fascinating.
Dalvin Cook dinner and Kene Nwangwu are not in danger. Cook dinner is 1 of the most effective operating backs in the earth, and Nwangu is safe mainly because of his unique-groups savant status. That leaves three slash or observe squad candidates: Alexander Mattison, Ty Chandler, and C.J. Ham.
Mattison has been whispered as a possible roster cut by a couple Vikings-themed media entities. They’re evidently privy to this quantities game for roster cuts and RBs. On the other hand, Mattison is a productive again, specifically since Cook dinner is seemingly confirmed to overlook a several video games for each season.
Chandler is a rookie, so slicing him would be odd. He was presumably drafted for a explanation and has looked sharp early on. Perhaps Chandler winds up as a apply squad applicant. We shall see.
And then Ham enters the chat. A fullback, Ham is amazingly gifted, especially with the “intangibles” side of soccer. Still, the Rams, wherever the head coach Kevin O’Connell was past employed, really don’t use fullbacks. Therefore, O’Connell both warms up to FB utilization in an offense, or Ham departs. The previous is a lot more most likely.
But these are the stakes. Lovers can root for 5 ball-carriers to are living on the roster in September. Or else, Mattison, Chandler, or Ham will be cut (or exist on the exercise squad).
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the College of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his day-to-day YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every single Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates again to 1996. Detailed responsible pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doorways (the band).
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