Roster analysis

August 30th, 2008 – 6:15 PM by Chip Scoggins

Here are Chip’s thoughts on the roster breakdown.

Not a lot of big surprises. I was midly surprised that Rufus Alexander didn’t make it and I thought the team would keep six wide receivers instead of five.

Rufus and the coaches agreed that he has yet to regain all his explosiveness after suffering a torn ACL last year.

The team opted to stay with five wide receivers. Martin Nance, Jaymar Johnson and Darius Reynaud did some nice things, but they couldn’t stick.

I wonder what would have happened had Michael Boulware not suffered a broken wrist at Dallas and placed on IR. Does he make it over Husain Abdullah? 

I think everyone sort of assumed that John David Booty would win the No. 3 job over Brooks Bollinger so that wasn’t a surprise.

Drew Radovich made the team after Bryant McKinnie got an exemption while he serves his four-game suspension. The coaches like Radovich, but he was slowed in training camp by a shoulder injury.

Rookie linebacker Erin Henderson got rewarded for having a solid camp. After watching him throughout training camp I wonder how he did not get drafted.

My guess is the team would like to keep Albert Young, Jaymar Johnson, Brian Daniels, Tim Mattran, Darius Reynaud and Leger Douzable and Marcus Walker on the practice squad.

Judd’s thoughts

I don’t think this is the roster in its finished form yet. Close but not finished. I’m not convinced things are set at linebacker and would not be shocked to see someone added.

Keep in mind that Brad Childress, Rick Spielman and others will be spending plenty of time at Winter Park digesting the roster moves made by all teams this evening. One thing you notice at preseason games is teams have plenty of scouts on hand so they can file reports on players who might be let go. This is when that scouting pays off.

As for how the roster looks this evening, no one should be surprised by the fact John David Booty beat out Brooks Bollinger. There is no doubt the Vikings now regret allowing Tyler Thigpen to get away last summer. It will be interesting to see if Bollinger finds work.

The Vikings kept all but one of their draft picks from this year and there is a chance the lone pick not to stick, receiver Jaymar Johnson, is signed to the practice squad on Sunday. With the way linebacker Erin Henderson played he definitely deserved to make it as an undrafted free agent. Drew Radovich, another undrafted free agent, was having a good camp before he hurt his shoulder. Radovich provides depth at tackle and the Vikings need that with Bryant McKinnie suspended for four games.

That brings us to safety Husain Abdullah, the third undrafted free agent to make this team. Have to admit I in no way, shape or form saw this coming but obviously Abdullah opened plenty of eyes during the opportunity he got to audition.

Abdullah provides depth, too, because while veteran safety Madieu Williams is on the roster he isn’t expected to play in the first three games because of a neck injury. At this point, Tyrell Johnson will start opposite Darren Sharper at safety a week from Monday in Green Bay.

The one other thought I had was I did believe at one point the Vikings might keep Martin Nance, Darius Reynaud or Jaymar Johnson as a sixth receiver. Whenever Nance gets an opportunity he looks like he has potential but for whatever reason he has never been able to stick.



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