Peterson likely to challenge team rookie mark
The Vikings’ single-season rookie rushing record is some 34 years old, with Chuck Foreman’s 801 yards rushing as a rookie in 1973. The second-best mark in the team record books is Alfred Anderson, who rushed for 773 yards as a rookie in 1984. Third is Michael Bennett, who rushed for 682 yards as a rookie in 2001.
This DallasNews.com story covers the fast start his pro career with the Vikings is off to thus far.
How will the Vikings get down to 53?
It is never as cut-and-dried as simply cutting the number of players needed to get down to the opening-day roster limit of 53 players. There are simply too many options – trades, other waiver claims, practice squad candidates, injured reserve, etc.
In all likelihood, the Vikings will bring in at least a couple new players, both for their 53-man roster and for their practice squad. But for now, here’s this writer's prediction:
Wide Receiver (5): Troy Williamson, Bobby Wade, Sidney Rice, Robert Ferguson, Aundrae Allison.
Cut: Billy McMullen, Cortez Hankton, Martin Nance, Jason Carter, Chandler Williams (with hopes of bringing back to practice squad).
Offensive Line (8): Steve Hutchinson, Bryant McKinnie, Matt Birk, Ryan Cook, Artis Hicks, Anthony Herrera, Marcus Johnson, Norm Katnik.
Cut: Kyle Cook, Brian Daniels, Seppo Evwaraye, Chase Johnson, Jimmy Martin (with at least two practice squad players).
That would be 53, but don’t etch anything in stone. Questions remain. Will they keep only 5 receivers, or will they keep 6? Will they keep 3 tight ends, or does the versatility of Dugan enable them to keep only 2? Would they be comfortable with just 8 offensive linemen? Can they afford to keep 6 defensive ends? Will they keep 4 defensive tackles? How many and what mix of defensive backs will the decide upon?
Add to that the very real possibility of a trade in the next couple days, a waiver pickup or two, and you can see it’s much more of an art than a science.
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