Vikings Sign New Safety

Vikings Sign New Safety
Tennessee defensive back Theo Jackson. © Calvin Mattheis/News Sentinel / USA TODAY NETWORK.

Two roster spots opened up for the Minnesota Vikings after injuries sent rookies Lewis Cine and Ty Chandler to injured reserve in the last week.

On Tuesday, the team added rookie safety Theo Jackson to the roster, who was selected by the Tennessee Titans in the 6th Round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

Previously, defensive tackle Khyiris Tonga was added to the roster after Cine hit injured reserve.

Theo Jackson. © Abbey Cutrer / The Tennessean / USA TODAY NETWORK.

A rookie from Tennessee, Jackson couldn’t quite make the Titans 53-man roster at the end of August. But he did reach the Titans practice squad a few days after the Tennessee roster waiver and has remained since. The Vikings came along and swiped Jackson from the Titans practice squad, probably a defender that Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, Kevin O’Connell, and Ed Donatell studied during the draft build-up.

The Vikings now have five safeties on the active roster, at least for now: Harrison Smith, Camryn Bynum, Josh Metellus, Myles Dorn, and Jackson. Adofo-Mensah also re-signed a family summer face, Mike Brown, at safety after the Cine injury news.

Aug 27, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee; Tennessee Titans safety Theo Jackson. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Nelles-USA TODAY Sports.

Jackson likely won’t play much with Minnesota’s crowded house at safety but will be available in case of injury. He played 47 games in college at Tennessee, recording 190 total tackles, 17 passes defended, 12 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions, a fumble recovery, and a touchdown. Jackson also earned 2nd-Team All-SEC Honors in 2021.

Here’s some draft tale-of-the-tape for Jackson from the 2022 draft lead-up:

And a game clip.

Jackson was teammates with Velus Jones (Bears, WR), Jauan Jennings (49ers, WR), Josh Palmer (Chargers, WR), and Trey Smith (Cheifs, OL) at the Unversity of Tennessee. He turned 24 last week.

The Vikings defense ranks 21st in the NFL through five weeks per defensive EPA/Play.


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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).