On Friday afternoon, the Minnesota Vikings addressed having a sudden shortage at the tight end position by making a handful of roster moves.
The first move the team made was to place tight end Blake Bell on injured reserve, which will end his 2017 season. A former quarterback at the University of Oklahoma, Bell was signed by the Vikings after being released by the San Francisco 49ers during the final cuts of Training Camp this year. On the season, Bell had three catches for 19 yards, and scored on a two-point conversion play last Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.
To take his spot on the active roster, the Vikings promoted tight end Kyle Carter from the practice squad. Carter had a couple of different stints on the Vikings’ practice squad in 2016, and was added to the squad after the final cuts this past season. Sunday will be his first game on the 53-man roster, and the odds are pretty good that he’ll be active, given that he and David Morgan are now the only healthy tight ends the Vikings have.
With an empty spot on the practice squad, the Vikings once again brought back safety Jack Tocho. Tocho was released earlier in the week when the purple added offensive tackle Storm Norton to the practice squad due to the uncertain status of offensive tackles Mike Remmers and Riley Reiff. Counting the final cuts out of Training Camp, this is the third time the Vikings have gone through the cycle of releasing Tocho and bringing him back to the practice squad. Seriously, they’ve got to see something in him, since I’m relatively certain they wouldn’t keep bringing him back if they didn’t.