Of the ten players that the Minnesota Vikings signed to their practice squad on Sunday afternoon, nine of them were with the team in Training Camp and through the preseason. The tenth one is a defensive lineman with some local ties.
The Vikings signed defensive lineman Zach Moore to their practice squad on Sunday. Moore was a sixth-round pick (198th overall) of the New England Patriots in the 2014 NFL Draft. He played his college ball for the mighty Golden Bears of Concordia-St. Paul in the Twin Cities, but was born and raised in Chicago.
Moore was active for eight games for the Patriots in 2014, and was credited with half a sack, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery in those games. The forced fumble and half sack is from the picture above, when he took down Jay Cutler. That fumble was recovered by the Patriots and returned for a touchdown.
Moore did not play in any of the Patriots' playoff games, and was inactive for New England's Super Bowl XLIX victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
He had a pretty outstanding career at Concordia-St. Paul, as he was a two-time Division II All-American, and is 9th all-time in Division II history in sacks with 33, including 14 in 2012. He was the first player in Concordia-St. Paul history to be selected in the NFL Draft.
Welcome to the Minnesota Vikings and back to Minnesota, Zach Moore!