Minnesota Vikings 53-man roster news: Surprising names to make it – Vikings Wire

The Vikings had to make some tough calls today, as each NFL team was forced to trim its roster to 53 players.
Minnesota waived a preseason star in A.J. Rose Jr., an undrafted free agent. The team let go of Hercules Mata’afa, a promising defensive tackle who also played well this preseason.
But what about the players who made the team? Vikings Wire compiled a list of some surprising names who are going to make the 53-man roster as of Tuesday, according to multiple reports.
Here is the list:
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Dan Chisena (85 sets up against the Tennessee Titans in an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Chisena, who is primarily a gunner for the team, has made the 53-man roster, per Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. Chisena doesn’t offer a ton as a wide receiver, but he is a speedy player for special teams.
Aug 27, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Minnesota Vikings kicker Greg Joseph (1) scores a field goal against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first quarter at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
K Greg Joseph is still with the Vikings, per Andrew Krammer of the Star Tribune. Joseph missed a kick in back-to-back preseason games, but both were from over 50 yards, to be fair.
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jalyn Holmes (90) plays against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Menendez)
Holmes started nine games for the Vikings in 2020, playing in 14. He finished with 0 sacks and two tackles for loss. Despite a deep defensive line group for 2021, Minnesota ended up keeping him on the 53-man roster, as reported by Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune.
Minnesota Vikings’ James Lynch reacts to a sack against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
Lynch didn’t get a lot of playing time in 2020 as a rookie. However, he does have some potential as a penetrating three-technique player. Lynch had to compete in a crowded defensive line room, but he made the roster, per Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune.
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