Why the Vikings should keep five running backs in 2019

(Photo by Carlos Gonzalez/Star Tribune via Getty Images) Mike Boone
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(Photo by Rob Leiter/Getty Images) Holton Hill
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Possible extra roster space

The Vikings traded for a versatile special teamer earlier in the week as Kaare Vedvik was acquired in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens. Vedvik has the potential to be the placekicker, punter, or maybe even both.

Kicker Dan Bailey has improved since the team handed over the full-time long snapper job to rookie Austin Cutting. However, if the team decides to roll with Vedvik as the kicker and punter, they will have an extra roster spot.

Carrying five running backs is a bit odd in today’s NFL, but the flexibility is worth considering. Having four talented backs and a fullback gives the Vikings depth and injury insurance.

The suspension of cornerback Holton Hill will also create another roster spot while he serves his eight-game punishment – if he makes it through the summer though.

Minnesota can make this work. If they decide to roll with just four backfield guys, I’d expect Abdullah to be the odd man out. They can find returners elsewhere and give the younger guys more time in the backfield.

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The rest of the preseason will tell us much more about the roster. Of course, the outlook on other positions will play a role in how many running backs make the final cut.