Earlier today, the Minnesota Vikings filled nine of the ten spots on their practice squad with players that had been with the team throughout Training Camp. They filled the tenth spot with a player they saw a few days ago that fills what is, apparently, the most cursed position in the league.
According to the team, who put the message out on Twitter, the Vikings have added kicker Chase McLaughlin to the practice squad.
McLaughlin played his college ball at Illinois, and signed with the Bills as an undrafted free agent following the 2019 NFL Draft. In his final year with the Fighting Illini, he was the B1G Kicker of the Year and First-Team All-B1G.
McLaughlin was 3-for-3 on field goals this preseason, including a 54-yarder that he connected on in the preseason finale against the Vikings in Buffalo. Given that the Bills already had a well-established kicker in veteran (and former Vikings camp body) Steven Hauschka, McLaughlin was let go and now has a home in Minnesota.
With that, the Vikings’ practice squad is as follows:
- FB Khari Blasingame
- QB Jake Browning
- OL Aviante Collins
- WR Davion Davis
- LB Devante Downs
- DE Stacy Keely
- K Chase McLaughlin
- CB Nate Meadors
- WR Dillon Mitchell
- LB Cameron Smith