Vikings Trim Roster with WR Cut

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The Minnesota Vikings have wide receiver Justin Jefferson on injured reserve and parted ways with another, at least temporarily.

The club announced Tuesday that it waived wideout Trishton Jackson, who had recently been promoted to the active roster.

Vikings Trim Roster with WR Cut

Jackson, 25, can now be claimed off waivers by an NFL team. If he does not, he’ll likely return to the Vikings practice squad, where he lived before last week.

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Like many NFL teams, the Vikings tend to waive players for roster tweaks and add them back thereafter. We shall see if that fate awaits Jackson, a summer hero at times for Minnesota. Aside from Jefferson and Jackson, the Vikings have Jordan Addison, K.J. Osborn, Brandon Powell, and N’Keal Harry at wide receiver on the active roster.

Jackson hasn’t quite caught on for a consistent roster spot through three seasons in the league. An undrafted free agent with the Rams in 2020, Jackson stayed on Los Angeles’ depth chart for about a year and a half before eventually landing with the Vikings in 2021. He’s impressed back-to-back Vikings coaching staffs and general managers.

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He caught 66 passes for 1,023 yards and 11 touchdowns in his final season at Syracuse four years ago. The youngster has yet to hit the field for a regular season snap in his NFL career.

The Vikings could also receive speedy wideout Jalen Nailor back before too long, who’s eligible to return from IR this week. Like Jefferson, Nailor nursed a hamstring injury, but four games have passed since the IR announcement. We shall see if the Vikings activate Nailor in the near future. It would make the Jackson waiver check out.

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After the Vikings win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday, head coach Kevin O’Connell explained about the state of his offense, “Offensively we’ve got to be better. Didn’t run it all that well today. Didn’t handle the movement. Didn’t handle a lot of the things we anticipated that we did see, and then in general, just a couple plays here and there in the pass game. I thought Kirk played really clean, really efficient football, gave some guys some opportunities. Jordan down the sideline in the first half, a couple 3rd downs there where we’re just slightly off. We’ll detail stuff up and continue to try to push forward.”

Minnesota hosts the San Francisco 49ers in Week 7 on Monday Night Football, a daunting test for a team attempting to dig out of a 2-4 hole.

Running back Myles Gaskin also left the Vikings on Tuesday, stolen off the practice squad by the Los Angeles Rams.

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