The Minnesota Vikings have made another move with their practice squad, adding a potential talent at the safety position.
The Vikings signed safety Ahmad Dixon, who was released by the Dallas Cowboys, to the practice squad on Wednesday. To bring Dixon aboard, the team released offensive tackle Mike Remmers.
Dixon, a 6', 212-pound safety, was drafted by the Cowboys in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft (#248 overall) out of Baylor. As a senior in 2013, Dixon was a first-team All Big-12 and first-team All-American at the safety position.
It appears that Dixon had been making a favorable impression on the Cowboys, but after he was fined for an illegal hit against the Miami Dolphins, he may have drawn the ire of Cowboys coaches with quotes like this:
"I don't ever think I do nothing wrong when I hit somebody," Dixon said. "I'm just out there playing ball. People might try to say, ‘He's stupid. He does this. He does that,' but I mean, when you're taught how to play a certain way for a certain amount of years, you got to all of a sudden adjust how you play completely, I mean it is what it is."
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"If that's what it is, I'm not going to say I don't care, but I'm playing ball," Dixon said. "If I got to take a fine every week for me to play ball, I'll do that. That's what I do."
Dixon has some pretty obvious talent, but it remains to be seen if the Vikings' coaching staff can help him to get his head on straight. But I'm guessing that if the coaching staff didn't think they could do that, they wouldn't have brought him aboard.