Among Trio of Transactions, DT David Parry Waived by Vikings

The Vikings needed to make a roster move to make room for DT Tom Johnson.

David Parry waived

The corresponding roster move to account for the Minnesota Vikings signing defensive tackle Tom Johnson was announced Wednesday. Defensive tackle David Parry was waived in order to make room for Johnson on the 53-man roster.

Parry, 26, recorded a solo tackle, assisted tackle and a sack in two games this season. He earned a Pro Football Focus grade of 50.5 against Seattle in Week 1 and a 65.9 mark against Green Bay in Week 2. While Parry seemed to play well for the most part, the team felt more comfortable bringing back Johnson.

According to Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press, head coach Mike Zimmer wants Johnson to be the backup to Sheldon Richardson at three technique. Like he did in his first go around with the team, he’ll focus on the rushing the passer whereas Jaleel Johnson will see more time at nose tackle (where Parry was the backup) behind Linval Joseph.

Parry is a likely candidate for the practice squad if he clears waivers.

Stacy Coley lands with the Giants

Wide receiver Stacy Coley, who was waived to make room for kicker Dan Bailey, was claimed by the New York Giants. The Vikings had hoped to sign Coley to the practice squad if he cleared waivers. Pat Shurmur, Minnesota’s offensive coordinator last season, is the head coach of the NY Giants.

Jack Tocho released

The Vikings on Wednesday terminated the contract of defensive back Jack Tocho, who was listed on the team’s practice squad/injured list.

Here’s a quick review of the roster moves the Vikings have made since Sunday’s Week 2 tie at Green Bay:

  • Signed WR Aldrick Robinson, waived K Daniel Carlson
  • Acquired K Dan Bailey, waived WR Stacy Coley
  • Signed DT Tom Johnson, waived DT David Parry

Also, here’s a current look at the team’s practice squad:

Vikings practice squad

  1. Jeff Badet, WR
  2. Chad Beebe, WR
  3. Reshard Cliett, LB
  4. Curtis Cothran, DT
  5. Garret Dooley, LB
  6. Cornelius Edison, C
  7. Colby Gossett, G
  8. Cole Hikutini, TE
  9. Jalen Myrick, CB
  10. Storm Norton, OT

P.S. Vikings center Pat Elflein practiced in full today for the first time this season. That bodes well for his playing chances this week against the Bills. We’ll keep you updated with the latest.

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Sean Borman

Sean Borman is a writer with Minnesota roots that's still somehow an optimist. He was an intern with the Vikings during college and is an IT nerd by day. You can find Sean on the golf course and on Twitter @SeanBormanNFL.

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Gordon Guffey
Gordon Guffey
2 years ago

I hate to see Parry go but I’m not upset in the least bit with the return of Tom Johnson ~ However i want lie I’m not sure I fully understand what Johnson can do at NT that Parry couldn’t do or Johnson’s 34 year old body could bring that Parry’s 26 year old body couldn’t bring ~ I’m looking at the end of the season here ~ Not in the next 4 to 6 weeks ~ Well unless they plan to move Jaleel Johnson back to NT full time then it make better since to this old mind of mine ~

This is one of those decisions I will have to trust Spielman and Zimmer on ~ I’m sure they have a better grip on things than I do ~ 🙂