Minnesota Vikings announce initial 53-man roster for 2023 season

Ty Chandler #32 of the Minnesota Vikings runs with the ball during the second quarter of the preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field on August 10, 2023 in Seattle, Washington.  ((Photo by Jane Gershovich/Getty Images))

Training camp is over, and on Tuesday the Minnesota Vikings announced their initial 53-man roster for the 2023 season.

The Vikings open the season Sunday, Sept. 10 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at U.S. Bank Stadium. The roster had to be trimmed from 90 to 53 by 3 p.m. Tuesday, and the process started Monday with the Vikings trading offensive lineman Vederian Lowe to the New England Patriots for a sixth-round pick in 2024.

The Vikings also released 15 players on Monday. On Tuesday, the Vikings announced the remainder of their cuts. Here is who did not make the 53-man roster:

  • DL Esezi Otomewo
  • DL Ross Blacklock
  • DL Sheldon Day
  • RB DeWayne McBride
  • LB Luiji Vilain
  • DB Joejuan Williams
  • WR Trishton Jackson
  • WR Thayer Thomas
  • RB Aaron Dykes
  • WR Blake Proehl
  • WR Lucky Jackson
  • WR Jacob Copeland
  • WR Garett Maag
  • TE Ben Sims
  • TE Colin Thompson
  • OL Josh Sokol
  • OL Jack Snyder
  • OL Alan Ali
  • OL Jarrid Williams
  • OL Christian DiLauro
  • DL T.J. Smith
  • DL Calvin Avery
  • LB Benton Whitley

Here is who did make the 53-man roster:


Kirk Cousins, Nick Mullens, Jaren Hall


Alexander Mattison, Ty Chandler, Kene Nwangwu, C.J. Ham


Justin Jefferson, K.J. Osborn, Jordan Addison, Brandon Powell, Jalen Nailor, Jalen Reagor


T.J. Hockenson, Josh Oliver, Johnny Mundt, Nick Muse


Garrett Bradbury, Ezra Cleveland, Christian Darrisaw, Ed Ingram, Brian O’Neill, Austin Schlottmann, Blake Brandel, Oli Udoh


Danielle Hunter, Harrison Phillips, Dean Lowry, Marcus Davenport, Khyiris Tonga, Jonathan Bullard, Jaquelin Roy, Pat Jones II, D.J. Wonnum, Andre Carter II


Jordan Hicks, Brian Asamoah, Ivan Pace Jr., Troy Dye


Harrison Smith, Cam Bynum, Lewis Cine, Josh Metellus, Jay Ward, Byron Murphy Jr., Akayleb Evans, Andrew Booth Jr., Mekhi Blackmon, NaJee Thompson, Theo Jackson


Greg Joseph, Ryan Wright, Andrew DePaola

Three undrafted free agents in Pace, Carter II and Thompson made the 53-man roster, while McBride, a seventh-round pick out of UAB, was waived. The Vikings opted to keep six safeties, five defensive backs, three running backs, six wide receivers and four tight ends.

The Vikings now must form a 16-player practice squad before hosting the Buccaneers Week 1 on Sept. 10 at U.S. Bank Stadium.