Minnesota Vikings: Handful of tough roster decisions remain

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Aug 22, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Marcus Sherels (35) returns a punt by the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings win 20-12. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

One position that may have seemed tough to figure out last week has cleared up since then. The #3 quarterback situation no longer seems very murky at all after Taylor Heinicke’s strong performance Saturday vs. Dallas.

Rookie UDFA Heinicke has shown enough that I believe the Vikings will retain him as a developmental quarterback with an eye toward grooming him as Teddy Bridgewater‘s backup. Shaun Hill is old and Heinicke could be ready to slide in as the #2 next year.

This is bad news for Mike Kafka who will soon be looking for work again.

Another position that’s not too tough to figure is wide receiver. There’s little doubt the Vikings will stick with six wide-outs to begin the season, meaning Adam Thielen is safe.

Speaking of fan favorites with local connections, I think it’s safe to say that Marcus Sherels has won the punt return job again. Stefon Diggs has looked good on punts but Sherels’ abilities as a gunner, backup kick returner and backup corner give him so much value he has to stay.

Yes, the legend of Marcus Sherels rolls on.

Next: Stefon Diggs saves Cordarrelle Patterson

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