Vikings Release Defensive Preseason Hero

Vikings Defensive Preseason Hero Released
Aug 8, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle T.Y. McGill (76). Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

**NOTE: About five hours after the Schefter tweet (in the body of this article) announced McGill’s release, the Vikings placed the defender on Injured Reserve.


Preseason performance be damned, the Minnesota Vikings cut ties with defensive tackle T.Y. McGill on Monday.

The McGill release hits as the Vikings have until Tuesday to trim the roster to 53 players. McGill’s departure leaves 79 men on the current depth chart.

Aug 20, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle T.Y. McGill. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

McGill performed marvelously in the Vikings first two preseason games against the Las Vegas Raiders and San Francisco 49ers. Versus the Broncos on Saturday, however, McGill injured his ankle and was expected to require 1-2 weeks for recovery.

Last week, CBS Sports published an article called “things we learned” around the NFL in the preseason, and McGill’s rise to prominence was mentioned by author Jordan Dajani. He wrote about McGill, “Something that stood out to me was T.Y. McGill. He had five total tackles and 1.5 sacks this weekend after recording two sacks last week. McGill looks like he has a high motor. If he doesn’t win on his initial move, he will just keep pushing until he breaks through.”

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Aug 12, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle T.Y. McGill. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports.

But no cigar for McGill on the Vikings regular season roster.

The North Carolina State alumnus has been a part of 10 NFL franchises since joining the NFL seven years ago. An undrafted free agent in 2015, McGill was discovered by the Seattle Seahawks but found his on-the-field footing with the Indianapolis Colts. He played in two Vikings games last year, tabulating just 33 defensive snaps.

With McGill jettisoned, the Vikings must make roster decisions via the interior defensive line involving these men:

  • NT1: Harrison Phillips
  • NT2: T.J. Smith
  • DE1: Dalvin Tomlinson
  • DE2: Armon Watts
  • DE3: Jonathan Bullard
  • DE4: James Lynch
  • DE5: Jaylen Twyman
  • DE6: Esezi Otomewo

McGill’s release could also indicate that Minnesota is closer to reaching a deal with future Hall of Famer Ndamukong Suh. The Vikings and Suh have reportedly talked all summer about a relationship, but money has allegedly been the wedge.

McGill will turn 30 in November.


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).


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