On Tuesday, the Minnesota Vikings made a handful of roster moves. . .and, much like Ward Cleaver, it appears that some of us may have been a little tough on the Beaver(s).
Somewhere out there, Ted is smiling at that line. I can assure you, we’re probably just getting started with this.
The Vikings, who had 52 players on the roster after placing Adrian Peterson on injured reserve on Friday, gave the empty roster spot to offensive lineman Willie Beavers. Beavers, the much-maligned fourth round pick of the Vikings in this year’s NFL Draft, was the highest draft pick not to make his team’s initial roster coming out of Training Camp, but the team did manage to place him on the practice squad. I wouldn’t expect Beavers to be active on Sundays or anything, but with the recent injury to Alex Boone, the team may need some more depth along the offensive line sooner rather than later.
The team also made a couple of practice squad moves, adding offensive lineman Sean Hickey and wide receiver Isaac Fruechte to the practice squad. Both of those players had spent at least some of the preseason with the Vikings, but were released during Training Camp cutdowns. Fruechte made his way to the Detroit Lions’ practice squad for a few weeks, while I believe Hickey remained unsigned.
In order to make room on the practice squad, the Vikings released cornerback Julian Wilson.
This move gives the Vikings a full 53-man active roster again. Should they make any more moves, we’ll bring them to you here.