The Vikings practice squad is always fluid, with players coming and going, but the details of these eight spots lose a lot of intrigue once the offseason ends and the regular season begins. Still, there are some interesting things to keep an eye on as these moves are made.
For example, on Wednesday the Vikings signed defensive back Robert Steeples to the squad, and the fact that they assigned him jersey number 26 is perhaps a clear signal that the return of Antoine Winfield is not atop the front office’s priority list.
Yesterday, running back Bradley Randle was released from the practice squad along with defensive end Tristan Okpalaugo. Meanwhile, running back Joe Banyard was signed to the practice squad. Last week, it was Banyard being cut and Randle being added. The Vikings have employed a technique in recent years where they go back and forth with certain players, adding them and dropping them from the practice squad, as a way of essentially keeping two guys in the mix while only tying up one roster spot. This could be the case here as both Banyard and Randle have traits worth developing at the NFL level.
Additionally, defensive end D’Aundre Reed has officially parted ways with the team via an injury settlement, as did guard Seth Olsen.