After placing cornerback Mackensie Alexander on injured reserve and promoting running back C.J. Ham to the active roster last week, the Minnesota Vikings had an open spot on their practice squad. They’ve filled that spot with a wide receiver prospect with some previous NFL bloodlines.
On Wednesday morning, the Vikings signed wide receiver Cayleb Jones to their practice squad.
Jones went undrafted out of the University of Arizona after foregoing his senior year of eligibility. The 6’3”, 210-pound Jones was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles, but was a part of their final cuts during training camp. A native of Austin, Texas, he started his college career at the University of Texas, but legal issues compelled him to transfer to Arizona after his freshman year.
Jones is the son of former NFL linebacker Robert Jones, a first-round draft pick in 1992 who played ten years in the National Football League with the Dallas Cowboys, St. Louis Rams, and Miami Dolphins. He is also the nephew of former NFL quarterback Jeff Blake, who started 100 NFL games for four different teams.
In two full seasons with the Wildcats (after sitting out the 2013 season following his transfer), Jones caught 129 passes for 1,926 yards and 14 touchdowns. In the preseason with the Eagles, he caught six passes for 59 yards with a long reception of 22.
With the signing of Jones, the following players now comprise the Vikings’ practice squad:
- DE Sterling Bailey
- WR Moritz Böhringer
- TE Kyle Carter
- WR Isaac Fruechte
- WR Cayleb Jones
- OT Marquis Lucas
- CB Tre Roberson
- RB Bishop Sankey
- OT Austin Shepherd
- S Cedric Thompson