As the Minnesota Vikings prepare for their Wild Card Weekend playoff matchup against the New Orleans Saints, they’ve made a roster move that comes as a bit of a surprise.
The Vikings have signed DE Eddie Yarbrough off of the Bills’ practice squad, per source. He gives the Vikings some extra pass rush help as they prepare for the Saints this Sunday.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) December 31, 2019
Field Yates of ESPN is reporting that the Vikings have signed defensive end Eddie Yarbrough off of the Buffalo Bills’ practice squad. As the Vikings are signing him off of a practice squad, they are required to place him on the 53-man roster, but we have not yet seen a corresponding move.
Yarbrough went undrafted out of the University of Wyoming in 2016, and was out of football until April of 2017 when he signed with the Bills. In 2017, he played in all 16 games for the Bills, including six starts. He re-signed with the Bills in 2018 on a one-year deal and played in 15 games for them in that season as well. Before the 2019 season, he signed yet another one-year deal with the Bills, but was released during the preseason and brought back to their practice squad.
It will be interesting to see how the Vikings intend to work Yarbrough into their rotation. We’ve seen a lot of good things from players such as Ifeadi Odenigbo and Armon Watts over the last few weeks of this season, and the Vikings have at least one solid backup at the defensive end spot already in Stephen Weatherly.
Once we have the corresponding roster move to put Yarbrough on the 53-man, we will update this post with it.