When the Vikings released twenty two players yesterday, it marked the end of a dream for former draft picks like David Yankey and B.J. DuBose. Their careers with the franchise were technically over, until news broke today that the Vikings had signed ten players to the practice squad. According to the team’s official website, those members include:
DE B.J. DuBose
OL Isame Faciane
WR Isaac Fruechte
S Anthony Harris
LB Brian Peters
FB Blake Renaud
LB Brandon Watts
RB Dominique Williams
OL David Yankey
DT Zach Moore
Yankey, Watts, and DuBose all re-join the team as former Vikings draft picks, while the other seven players come to Minnesota as undrafted free agents, free agent signings, or CFL imports, like Brian Peters.
The practice squad is filled with a mix of players, from those who just missed the cut to those who were buried on the depth chart. Early into training camp, Faciane transitioned from defensive tackle to guard, and his addition brings versatility to the Vikings’ reserves.
At linebacker, Peters and Watts had a slight chance to make the active roster, but fell short of rookie Edmond Robinson and veteran Audie Cole on Saturday. They’ll join Anthony Harris and Dubose on the defensive side of the ball and welcome newcomer Zach Moore to the practice squad. Moore, a former defensive tackle at Concordia University-St. Paul, was waived by the Patriots and reportedly signed by the Vikings late Sunday.
On offense, Blake Renaud lost the battle for the starting fullback position to Zach Line, and Dominique Williams was the only waived running back retained by the Vikings this weekend. Like Moore, Isaac Fruechte is a local signee, having played collegiate football at the University of Minnesota.
With the roster set and every position filled, the Vikings can finally focus all of their attention on their Week One opponent — the San Francisco 49ers. Real football begins in a little over a week, and hopefully, Rick Spielman, Mike Zimmer, and the Vikings have put together a roster that can take them to the playoffs and beyond.