Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 8/31/12
Thursday night's fourth preseason game was important for the Minnesota Vikings and the players fighting to stay on the active roster when the deadline for cuts comes Friday evening.Minnesota has to release 22 players Friday to reach the 53-man limit. Some might be brought back for the eight-man practice squad after they clear waivers. Coaches only had only one more game the final impression and a few hours to evaluate before cuts had to be made. Thursday's 28-24 loss on the road to the Houston Texans was a resume builder, and the Vikings had several big plays to alter what coaches might be thinking heading into the cuts.Five things learned in the final audition for the regular season:1. Big plays by receivers help their cause.With starting receiver Jerome Simpson suspended for the first three games, Minnesota had been looking for a receiver to step forward with four key players getting all of the action Thursday. Devin Aromashodu and Jarius Wright seized the opportunity. Wright en...
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