Cutdown Commentary

Vikings head coach Mike Tice opted for potential over experience in the final cuts. We offer a glance at those released and who has potential to return.

The Vikings got down to the 53-man limit by cutting 15 players Sunday.

"These cuts are always difficult," said Vikings head coach Mike Tice. "The hard work that everyone has put in since March makes it especially difficult to release these players."

In most cases, the younger guy with upside potential got the nod over the experienced guy who probably won't get much better than he's already shown.

David Allen — Started strong and showed promise as a return specialist and potential third-down back, but Nick Davis showed more explosiveness as a return guy and some of the veterans offered as much or more out of the backfield. As a pure return guy, Allen belongs in the NFL.

Jeremy Allen — Good size-speed back with some short-yardage skills. He lost out in the numbers game for now, but figures to be called back for the practice squad if he clears waivers.

Orlando Bobo — A six-year veteran, the Vikings liked the long-range potential of rookie Ed Ta'amu better, who they are hoping clears waiver after him to sign kicker Tim Seder. In a pinch, however, Bobo would probably be brought back before Ta'amu would be thrown to the wolves.

Sean Dawkins — A mild surprise in that the 10-year veteran had a productive preseason. However, D'Wayne Bates proved himself, Derrick Alexander stepped it up, and Chris Walsh contributes on special teams, thus filling the experience void. That allowed Tice to go with long-range potential (Kelly Campbell and Cedric James) over experience.

Lemanski Hall — An eight-year veteran who started much of last season, the Vikings are obviously prepared to take their lumps with Patrick Chukwurah on the strong side.

Kyries Hebert — Really stood out early in camp but struggled badly once the live bullets started. Still, Hebert has a lot to offer. He's big, physical, can run and is a good, hard-working kid. He will likely be brought back for the practice squad if he clears waivers.

Cedric Killings — A tough cut for Tice, I'm sure. A little undersized but was very active, scrappy and productive. The problem for Killings was that they already have about three guys (Talance Sawyer, Lorenzo Bromell and Chuck Wiley) who could also play behind Chris Hovan if needed, and Hovan is usually going to be on the field. Those other guys can also contribute at end.

Jeff Kostrewa — Spent last season on the practice squad. Showed improvement in his second pro training camp after gaining experience in NFL Europe, but didn't show enough to crack the top four at tight end.

Mike Malano — Another practice squad guy that just wasn't able to move up enough on the depth chart to earn a spot.

Anthony Midget — Showed some good things in camp but not enough to merit a roster spot. He is eligible for the practice squad.

Andre O'Neal — Finished strong and made some plays, but was more the recipient of some effective scheming than being a genuine playmaker. Still, could have made it and his release could have been precipitated with the anticipation of adding Greg Biekert.

Carey Scott — Has some ability but wasn't able to crack the top four at cornerback, where Tyrone Carter and rookie Brian Williams surpassed him.

Bennitte Waddell — Showed potential as a rookie free agent last season but never really kept improving from there and would have had numerous chances given the unsettled situation at left tackle throughout training camp.

Lorenzo White — Came in and played quickly as a late addition entering camp. A pupil of line coach Steve Loney in college, White has natural size and strength that can't be taught and might have some potential as a practice squad guy.

Max Yates — Very productive college player who was slowed by injuries through much of training camp and thus was unable to really show what he could do.


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