Vikings cut Sloter, Vedvik, Treadwell; trims roster down to 53

The Minnesota Vikings announce the following roster moves:

WAIVED:

PLAYER………………. POS… EXP………………. COLLEGE

Ade Aruna (Injured)……. DE…… 2……………………. Tulane

Jeff Badet……………….. WR…… 1……………….. Oklahoma

Khari Blasingame……….. FB…… R……………….. Vanderbilt

Jake Browning…………… QB…… R……………… Washington

Reshard Cliett……………. LB…… 3…………… South Florida

Aviante Collins…………….. T…… 3………………………. TCU

Curtis Cothran…………… DT…… 1………………. Penn State

Davion Davis……………. WR…… R…… Sam Houston State

Devante Downs………….. LB…… 2………………… California

Cornelius Edison………….. C…… 4………….. Portland State

De’Angelo Henderson……. RB…… 3……….. Coastal Carolina

Cole Hikutini………………. TE…… 3…………………. Louisville

Alexander Hollins………. WR…… R………….. Eastern Illinois

Craig James……………… CB…… 2………… Southern Illinois

Stacy Keely………………. DE…… R………………………. UAB

John Keenoy………………. C…… R…….. Western Michigan

Greer Martini…………….. LB…… 1…………….. Notre Dame

Nate Meadors……………. CB…… R…………………….. UCLA

Dillon Mitchell…………… WR…… R…………………… Oregon

Storm Norton………………. T…… 2……………………. Toledo

Tito Odenigbo……………. DT…… R………………. Miami (FL)

Anree Saint-Amour…….. DE…… R…………… Georgia Tech

Karter Schult…………….. DE…… 2………….. Northern Iowa

Kyle Sloter……………….. QB…… 3…….. Northern Colorado

Cameron Smith………….. LB…… R……… Sothern California

Derron Smith………………. S…… 4……………. Fresno State

Duke Thomas……………. CB…… 2…………………….. Texas

Laquon Treadwell……… WR…… 4………………. Mississippi

Kaare Vedvik……………. P/K…… 1………………….. Marshall

Nate Wozniak……………… T…… 1……………….. Minnesota

Isaiah Wharton (Injured)……… S…… R………………….. Rutgers

Brandon Zylstra………… WR…… 2…. Concordia-Moorhead

 

PLACED ON RESERVE/SUSPENDED:

PLAYER………………. POS… EXP………………. COLLEGE         

Holton Hill……………….. CB…….. 2…………………….. Texas

 

PLACED ON RESERVE/PHYSICALLY UNABLE TO PERFORM (PUP):

PLAYER………………. POS… EXP………………. COLLEGE

David Morgan…………… TE…….. 4……. Texas-San Antonio

 

PLACED ON RESERVE/NON-FOOTBALL INJURY (NFI):

PLAYER………………. POS… EXP………………. COLLEGE

Tashawn Bower……….. DE…….. 3……………………….. LSU

 

ACQUIRED VIA TRADE FROM KANSAS CITY FOR A CONDITIONAL SELECTION IN 2021 NFL DRAFT:

PLAYER………………. POS… EXP………………. COLLEGE

Mark Fields……………… CB……. R…………………. Clemson

The Vikings active roster now stands at 53 players

Zimmer on Sloter: ‘There’s a lot of things that he has to get better at if he wants to be the backup quarterback’

Coming into the 2019 season, the Minnesota Vikings have their starting QB set and ready to go in Kirk Cousins, and the backup at this point is fifth-year quarterback Sean Mannion.

However, if third-year quarterback Kyle Sloter continues to play well in the preseason, he could make the case that he should be the backup to Cousins.

In two preseason games, Sloter has completed 17 of 20 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Sloter was impressive against the Seahawks on Sunday as he went 11-13 for 116 yards and one touchdown.

The numbers look good, but according to Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, the numbers don’t tell the whole story.

“I don’t know. I don’t know that you guys know all the little details about everything, you just see how he goes and does the game,” Zimmer said about Sloter on Tuesday. “He’s got to get a lot better in a lot of the other parts of being a quarterback. Making the right checks, getting people in the right formation, making sure the motion is there, not missing the time clock when it’s eight yards in front of you. There’s a lot of things that he has to get better at if he wants to be the backup quarterback.”

With those comments, it seems clear that Zimmer has more faith in Mannion coming into the season, and it’s hard to argue. Mannion has more experience and has started a game in the NFL. Plus, Zimmer knows what he sees in practice, and that is enough for him to know that Mannion is the guy to backup Cousins in 2019.