Vikings Waive Defensive Lineman
The Minnesota Vikings are auditioning a new kicker on a three-year deal named Gabe Brkic from the University of Oklahoma.
Signing Brkic situated the team at 91 players when 90 is the threshold until the regular season. Accordingly, the Vikings general manager and coaching staff had to cut ties with one player, and that was defensive lineman Jordon Scott.
Scott is a nose tackle, and Minnesota already employs three of those — Dalvin Tomlinson (the starter), T.Y. McGill, and Tyarise Stevenson. Armon Watts, who figures to start in 2022, even played nose tackle last season.
Therefore, Scott was the odd man out, at least temporarily. Often, when the Vikings waive players, those men return in a practice squad capacity as other players are eventually cut.
Born on Christmas day in 1998, Scott hasn’t played a regular season game in the NFL. He participated in the Vikings 2021 training camp and preseason, failing to make the 53-man roster. The Oregon alumnus arrived on the scene with the Vikings at this time last year, chosen to the undrafted free agent class of 2021 by former boss Rick Spielman.
Scott spent most of the ill-fated 2021 campaign for the Vikings on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury.
At Oregon, Scott was teammates with Justin Herbert, Penei Sewell, Royce Freeman, and current Vikings linebacker Troy Dye. He tabulated 110 total tackles and three sacks for the Ducks.
Without Scott, this is Minnesota’s current platter of defensive linemen:
- James Lynch
- T.Y. McGill
- Esezi Otomewo
- Harrison Phillips
- TJ Smith
- Tyarise Stevenson
- Jullian Taylor
- Dalvin Tomlinson
- Jaylen Twyman
- Armon Watts
The Vikings will learn the order of their 2022 opponents next week with the regular-season schedule announcement, the next step in an offseason of change.
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).