Vikings give up three players to start their cuts in the roster
The Minnesota Vikings have begun the process of reducing their roster to 53 players, who they are due to meet before Tuesday’s 3:00 p.m. central deadline. On Saturday, they announced the waiver of three players, none of whom came as a significant surprise.
The team have announced that they have given up on center Cohl Cabral, defensive tackle Zeandae Johnson and running back Ito Smith.
Smith was signed by the Vikings about a week ago and actually received quite a bit of work in last night’s preseason finale. He carried the ball 10 times for 27 yards and caught a pass for eight yards. The Vikings are already quite advanced in the running, and it looks like Smith was just there to lighten some of the load on the post during the preseason due to injuries.
Johnson was signed by the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in the post-draft signing blitz following his college career at California-Berkeley. It was always going to be a bit long to make it into the squad, but he could maybe land a spot on the practice squad once the smoke clears and the dust settles on the final cups. .
Cabral was claimed by the Vikings on the Houston Texans waivers in May. With the Vikings traded to Mason Cole to potentially serve as a replacement for Garrett Bradbury, it was going to be tough for Cabral to make the roster, and he’s now one of the team’s first cuts.
This brings the Vikings’ roster down to 76 players, so there are still 23 moves left for Purple before Tuesday. We’ll be tracking all moves on our cut tracker, which you can find here.