With the release of Ryan Longwell came an open roster spot.
That spot was filled on Tuesday by Minnesota Gopher defensive end Anthony Jacobs who had joined the Vikings for the rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.
Jacobs is listed at 6’ 2” and 291 pounds which makes him a little undersized at any of the defensive line positions. Scouting reports say he manages to achieve productive stretches due to an explosive first step, a competitive streak that keeps him moving until the whistle, and by utilizing his feet.
He is a long shot to make the roster, but it is possible that he makes his mark on special teams and is able to stick like Marcus Sherels has done thus far in his career.
Of course, Scout.com thinks he could play fullback. So, yeah… there’s always that.