Vikings release 5 in advance of rookie camp

The Vikings made room for their undrafted rookie signings by releasing five players Thursday.

With 10 undrafted rookies being added to the roster Thursday and Friday, the Minnesota Vikings needed to make room to be in compliance with the offseason 90-man roster limit.

To do that, they waived five players on Thursday, one day before the start of rookie minicamp. The unfortunate five were safety Ahmad Dixon, running back Henry Josey, tight end Ryan Otten, and offensive linemen Antonio Richardson and Austin Wentworth.

After drafting three offensive linemen – T.J. Clemmings (fourth round), Tyrus Thompson (sixth round) and Austin Shepherd (seventh round) – trimming on the line wasn’t a surprise, but Richardson and Wentworth had showed promise.

Richardson’s path to the NFL was derailed by knee injuries and he had surgery on each knee last fall. Wentworth played in 20 snaps last year on special teams but saw only seven snaps on offense. Both were undrafted rookies last year.

Josey was signed to the practice squad on Dec. 24 and Otten was on and off the practice squad last season. Dixon spent time on the practice squad and active roster after being signed in December.

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