The Minnesota Vikings made a number of roster moves following their rookie minicamp this weekend. The minicamp included players from the team’s draft class, undrafted free agent signings and rookie tryout players. Ultimately, the team signed four players after the weekend event:
- Chad Beebe, WR, Northern Illinois
- Craig James, CB, Southern Illinois
- Johnny Stanton, FB, UNLV
- Brett Taylor, LB, Western Illinois
According to the team’s website, Beebe (Age 23, 5-9, 175 lbs.) led Northern Illinois with a 14.9 yards per catch average. He was also a distinguished punt returner for the Huskies. He is the son of former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Don Beebe.
James (5-10, 175 lbs.) is a two-year starter at Southern Illinois. He led the Salukis with nine pass break-ups and three interceptions in nine games in 2016. Last season he registered 37 tackles, 11 pass break-ups and two interceptions in 11 games. He played for the University of Minnesota from 2014 – 2015.
Stanton (Age 23, 6-2, 245 lbs.) was a quarterback in college. He will transition to fullback for the Vikings. He spent his first two collegiate seasons at Nebraska before transferring to Saddleback College in California and then again to UNLV.
Taylor (Age 23, 6-2, 225 lbs.) was a two-time All-American at Western Illinois. In 12 games last season he collected 162 total tackles, which led the FCS. He added four pass break-ups, two forced fumbles and 1.5 sacks. 13 of his 162 tackles were for loss.
Re-signing cornerback Terence Newman last week put the offseason roster at a maximum 90 players, so the Vikings needed to waive four players in order to stay at 90. They are as follows:
- Nick Dooley, LS, UTEP
- Armanti Foreman, WR, Texas
- Caushaud Lyons, DT, Tusculum
- Kamryn Pettway, FB, Auburn
Lyons is the only player with NFL experience that was cut. He was added to the Vikings practice squad late in the 2017 season. Dooley, the 6-8, 300-pound long-snapper was added by the team in March while Foreman and Pettway were both undrafted free agents.