The Vikings now have the 21st and 22nd picks in the 2020 NFL Draft.
They acquired the receiver Jalen Reagorwho was drafted a spot ahead of the Vikings star Justin Jefferson, of the Eagles for a seventh-round pick in 2023 and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2024 that can become a fifth-round pick. The Vikings released the catcher Ihmir Smith-Marsettea fifth-round pick in 2021, to make room on the roster.
Last week, receiver KJ Osborn had Smith-Marsette and Bisi Johnsonwho suffered a torn ACL in Saturday’s preseason finale, in the position room every day.
“It’s super tough,” Osborn said. “That’s what I’m learning. I’m in my third year, so some of these things are also my first time experiencing some of these things. That’s the business.”
Reagor gives the Vikings another option as a receiver and punt returner, which Smith-Marsette has struggled to adapt to in the preseason. Reagor averaged 7.3 yards per return on 31 punts last year for Philadelphia.
Reagor, who has 64 catches for 695 yards and three touchdowns in two seasons, joins a receiving line-up with Jefferson, Adam ThielenOsborn and rookie Jalen Nailor.
Smith-Marsette is the seventh member of the 2021 draft class dropped by first-year general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah. Only two of the draft picks – edge rusher Janarius Robinson and defensive lineman Jaylen Twyman – returned to the practice squad.
Training squad formation
Vikings re-sign 12 players to practice squad, bringing Robinson back tight end Nick Musecome back Bryant Kobackguardian Kyle Hintonreceivers Sad Jackson and Dan Chisenacenter Josh Sokollinebacker Guillaume Kwenkeudefensive tackles T.J. Smith and Jaylen Twymancornerback Parry Nickerson and security Myles Dorn.
There are four spots left on the 16-man training squad. The team did not immediately decide to bring back the guard Wyatt Davis or linebacker Chazz Surratt, The 2021 third-round picks are cut Tuesday.
Updated league rules allow up to six veterans to join the practice squad, while 10 spots are reserved for players with no more than two seasons accumulated. Players can be brought up to the active matchday roster up to three times throughout the season before they must be signed to the 53-player roster.
Mond, Mannion lands elsewhere
Vikings need No. 3 quarterback after You have to say and Sean Mannion landed elsewhere.
Mond was claimed off waivers by the Browns on Wednesday. Mannion opted to sign with the Seahawks’ practice squad. Both were part of the Vikings’ final cuts on Tuesday as the team opted to move forward with the quarterback Nick Mullens as backup of Kirk Cousins.
Mond joins Browns head coach Kevin Stefanskia longtime Vikings and quarterbacks assistant Jacoby Brisset and Joshua Dobbs on Cleveland’s active roster. Mannion joins the Seahawks after spending a month in Seattle during training camp last year.
Mond and defensive tackle Armon Watts were the only Vikings cups claimed by other teams. The Bears picked up Watts, who started nine games last year, to keep him in the division. Watts was a surprise outing after lining up as a starter throughout training camp.
The Vikings haven’t received any players on the waivers, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t submitted any claims. They were 12th in the order of precedence.
Blacklock Relearns Defense
New defensive lineman Ross Blacklock, acquired Tuesday in a trade from the Texans, wore No. 96 while working alongside practice with the team’s coaching staff. He was joined by Chisena (leg), Robinson (undisclosed) and defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard (undisclosed). Blacklock confident of how he fits in now that he’s reunited with defensive line coach Chris Rumphwho coached Houston outside linebackers in 2020.
“He wasn’t my coach, but he was on the same defense that we run,” Blacklock said. “So it’s kind of like a rehearsal process, so I just have to go back to it and learn the technical stuff that comes with that defense.”
- Come back Alexander Mattisoncornerback Cameron Dantzlerstart working on Vederian Lowe and Nailor were not spotted at practice Wednesday. Mattison left for family reasons, according to the team. First round safety Lewis Cine (knee) and second-round cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. (ankle) resumed training.
- tight end Irv Smith Jr.who has been training for about a week, was coy on Wednesday when asked if he was ready for Week 1: “Honestly, we only take it one day at a time. I’ve just been coming back here these past last two days.”
- After Smith-Marsette’s retirement – and before Reagor’s arrival in Minnesota – Osborn, Thielen, running back Ty Chandler and cornerback patrick peterson punt returns lined up in practice.
- Bettor Ryan Wright will have to change his #66 for the regular season. League rules require quarterbacks, kickers and punters to wear numbers 1 through 19.
- Former Gophers and Minneapolis North wide receiver Tyler Johnson was claimed by the Texans after being released by the Buccaneers on Tuesday.