The Vikings first roster cuts are rolling in and according to reports, cornerback Derek Cox and safety Mistral Raymond highlight the first wave of roster decisions.
Updated: August 24th, 2014 1:02am
By: Daniel House
The Vikings reportedly have released tight end Kory Sperry, tackle Kevin Murphy, tackle Pierce Burton, safety Brandan Bishop, cornerback Robert Steeples, cornerback Derek Cox, defensive tackle Kheeston Randall, wide receiver Erik Lora, wide receiver Kamar Jorden, wide receiver Ty Walker, defensive end Jake Snyder, and defensive end Tyler Scott.
Mistral Raymond was waived/injured and the safety has failed to stay healthy during his four years in the league. Raymond started 10 games for the Vikings since he was drafted in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
Wide receiver Andy Cruse was also waived/injured, which means he has reached an injury settlement with the Vikings.
Chase Ford also passed his physical and should be ready to fully participate this week.
The biggest surprise may come with cornerback Derek Cox, especially considering the amount of snaps he saw in training camp and early in the preseason. The coaching staff heavily used Marcus Sherels in the preseason game on Saturday, which could be a strong indication the coaching staff likes what he brings to the table.
This decision also could indicate the coaching staff has more faith in the abilities of cornerback Josh Robinson than many first thought.
The Vikings must release one more player by 3 p.m. tomorrow to reach the 75-man roster limit.