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Minnesota Vikings sign Jalen Myrick to practice squad, release Jack Tocho

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Another Golden Gopher is on the club

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We haven’t reached the regular season opener yet, but the practice squad shuffling is starting for the Minnesota Vikings already.

On Wednesday morning, the team announced that they had signed former Golden Gophers cornerback Jalen Myrick to the practice squad. In order to make room for him, they released defensive back Jack Tocho.

During his college career at Minnesota, Myrick collected five interceptions and two touchdowns. He then turned some heads by running the fastest 40-yard dash at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine for defensive backs, clocking in at 4.27 seconds. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the seventh round of the draft, and appeared in five games for the Jaguars last season.

Myrick’s big highlight from last year was blocking an extra point against the San Francisco 49ers in December, a kick that his Jacksonville teammate scooped up and returned for two points.

Myrick was released by the Jaguars as part of their final cuts this past week, and now finds himself back in Minnesota.

Tocho, on the other hand, has once again been released from the practice squad. Last season, he was waived off of the practice squad twice as Rick Spielman and company shuffled their personnel around. If I had to venture a guess, I’d say he’ll be back again at some point.