With cuts coming down the chute left and right throughout the NFL, players deemed "on the bubble" are hoping that their bubbles not get popped.
Three such players who received good news from Minnesota today included running back Mike Boone, DT Hercules Mata'afa and tight end Brandon Dillon.
Mike Boone finished the preseason the second most productive running back tagging 196 yards on his resume, but he did top the league in yards per carry with 4.8 (among backs with 25 or more carries). His hard work, good footwork and ability to break tackles won him the battle for the team's RB3 spot behind Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison with many thinking that Boone might even get more run early than Mattison while the rookie adapts.
For Mata'afa, his success on the field this preseason was the result of hard work this preseason and a long arduous rehab process after missing last season with injury. He's a bit undersized but is gaining weight week by week and his quickness and power has made up for and size he gives up on the line.
Dillon took advantage of an injury to David Morgan ahead of him on the depth chart and turned it into a successful and impressive preseason campaign. He grabbed eight catches for 95 yards and even reeled in a nifty TD that was called back after penalty.