Former University of Georgia running back Caleb King has agreed to terms with the Vikings and was scheduled to fly to Minnesota Monday night.
Despite the NFL roster cutdown to 80 players coming on Aug. 31 and the final roster trimming to 53 players on Sept. 3, King's goal is to have enough time to make the Vikings' 53-man roster, his agent Kevin Conner said Monday.
King was one of the six players eligible for Monday afternoon's supplemental draft, but only former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor was selected, taken in the third round by the Oakland Raiders. However, it didn't take King long to find a home.
"Looking at the NFL being a one-two back situation, we felt like this was the best opportunity to come in and Caleb to compete," said Kevin Conner, King's agent. "Just felt like the Vikings presented that opportunity roster-wise to compete."
Conner said 10 to 15 teams called following the supplemental draft.
King appeared in eight games, starting five, for the Bulldogs last year. He also made five starts for the Bulldogs in 2009 and ended his career with 1,271 yards on 255 carries over his three seasons at Georgia and added 16 catches for 126 yards.
He was suspended for the final two games of 2010 and missed the Liberty Bowl because of academic reasons. He was ruled ineligible this season because of academic reasons, as well.
Conner said King is an every-down back and a capable blocker.
"He gives you the whole gamut as far as pass-blocking, [an every-down] down guy. Height-weight wise, he fits the profile of every-down back. … Very elusive guy. Natural running back. He's a guy that you're not having to take out in certain situations. He can play every down."
The Vikings' top two spots are spoken for with Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart, and Lorenzo Booker appears to be carving out a role as a third-down back. After that, however, the Vikings haven't given much time to reserve running backs Tristan Davis and Alexander Robinson, and King may have a chance to show his skills in the fourth preseason game, a contest in which young players are usually given significant opportunity to make an impression.
"Looking at the personnel compared to the other rosters – I don't want to downplay any roster – we just felt like for him to come into the Vikings to compete, this was the best opportunity," Conner said.
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