If you’ve been following our Practice Squad tracker over the course of the afternoon. . .and, honestly, shame on you if you haven’t been. . .you’ve noticed that there are a lot of familiar names on there. Nine of the ten players that the Minnesota Vikings signed to their practice squad were on the team during Training Camp and through the preseason.
Now, it’s time to take a moment to look at the one that wasn’t.
The Vikings have added safety Shamiel Gary to the practice squad. Gary spent this preseason with the Miami Dolphins, and has had a couple of other stops in his career.
The 6’3”, 205-pound Gary played his college ball at Oklahoma State University, and went undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft. His first stop was signing with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent. He was a part of their final cuts, and then wound up moving on to sign with the Chicago Bears.
Gary was on the Bears’ active roster for three days, and was then released and signed to their practice squad. When the Bears’ season concluded, he signed a deal with the Dolphins. He was waived by the Dolphins in August of 2015, but re-signed with them in November. He wound up getting bumped up to the active roster for the last four games of Miami’s 2015 season. In those four games, Gary collected seven combined tackles for Miami.
This past offseason, Gary was once again a part of the final cutdowns, and the Vikings brought him in to fill the final spot on the practice squad. We’ll try to get some more information on Shamiel Gary over the course of the next couple of days.
In the meantime, welcome to Minnesota, Shamiel Gary!