The Josh Doctson era is over for the Minnesota Vikings. Again.
The team has just announced that they have waived Doctson, who came back from injured reserve in time for the game against the Denver Broncos in Week 11. He played just seven snaps in that game, and did not catch a pass. Apparently the coaches weren’t terribly impressed with him in his return, and now he’s gone again.
One would think this bodes well for the return of Adam Thielen for Monday night’s game against Seattle. With the release of Doctson, the Vikings are back to just four receivers on the 53-man roster (Thielen, Stefon Diggs, Bisi Johnson, and Laquon Treadwell), so they probably wouldn’t have made this move if they weren’t confident that Thielen’s return was imminent.
To take Doctson’s place on the roster, the Vikings have brought back linebacker Cameron Smith. Smith has been back and forth between the practice squad and the active roster a couple of times already this season.
To take Smith’s spot on the practice squad, the Vikings have brought back a somewhat familiar face in fullback Johnny Stanton. Stanton, who played quarterback in college at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, has converted to fullback. He spent Training Camp in 2018 with the Vikings before being waived during the final cuts. Eric got a chance to interview Stanton during camp in 2018, so feel free to check that out to learn even more about him.
The Vikings are making moves on this Tuesday, folks.