Vikings Sign 4, Waive 4 After Rookie Minicamp

The offseason roster stands at a maximum 90 players.

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:

  1. Chad Beebe, WR, Northern Illinois
  2. Craig James, CB, Southern Illinois
  3. Johnny Stanton, FB, UNLV
  4. 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:

  1. Nick Dooley, LS, UTEP
  2. Armanti Foreman, WR, Texas
  3. Caushaud Lyons, DT, Tusculum
  4. 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.

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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 previously wrote for Rant Sports. You can find Sean on the golf course and on Twitter @SeanBoarMan.

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  1. Kind of slow this time of the year ~ Not mcu to write home about here ~ I do wonder if Chad Beebe has the speed and quickness of his dad ~ His college numbers don’t show much but there always sleepers ~ Some drafted and undrafted ~ Let hope some of these WR’s really shine very bright in OTA’s and preseason and on into the season ~

  2. Hercules is listed on the Vikings website as a DE, but is said to be a LB? Wondering why not let him be DT on rushing situations. Aaron Donald does it at 280. I would be interested if he could break through with a low center of gravity and a quick brust.

    1. All good point Matty B ~ I’m sure if he is as talent as his college play suggest Zimmer will do whatever he has to in order make sure he and the coaches get the most out of him be it at LB or DE ~