Over the past couple of days, the Minnesota Vikings have made a couple of moves with their practice squad.
On Friday, they added running back Bishop Sankey to the practice squad. Sankey was a second-round pick (#54 overall) of the Tennessee Titans in the 2014 NFL Draft, having played his college ball at the University of Washington. He was the first running back off the board in that draft, which is the latest selection for the first running back in draft history. He was first-team All-Pac 12 and a second-team All-American in his final season with the Huskies and came out after his junior season.
His college pedigree hasn’t translated into NFL production so far, however, as in two seasons with the Titans he carried the ball 199 times for 762 yards and three touchdowns. He also has 32 career receptions for 272 yards and a score. He was released by the Titans in their final cutdown in September. He then joined the New England Patriots’ practice squad, but was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs to their active roster on 1 November. He was released by the Chiefs on 22 November, and now he’s with Minnesota.
On Saturday, the Vikings released former University of Minnesota safety Cedric Thompson from the practice squad. Thompson was originally a fifth-round pick (#150 overall) of the Miami Dolphins in the 2015 NFL Draft.
If you’re scoring at home, the Vikings’ current practice squad looks like this, according to the team’s website:
DE Sterling Bailey
WR Moritz Böhringer
WR Isaac Fruechte
RB C.J. Ham
DT Toby Johnson
TE MyCole Pruitt
CB Tre Roberson
RB Bishop Sankey
OL Austin Shepherd
That’s only nine players, so the Vikings have an open spot on the practice squad as things stand right now.