The Minnesota Vikings established their practice squad Sunday after their cut-down to 53 players on the active roster Saturday. It had a familiar look, with all of the announced practice squad to date made up of players they got to know after an offseason with the young hopefuls.
This year, the practice squad can have 10 players and so far the Vikings have announced nine signings with another one reported shortly after they announced the initial nine. All but one of the players they released on Saturday cleared waivers, making them eligible for practice squads or active rosters around the league. The New Orleans claimed LB Michael Mauti for their active roster.
Offensive lineman Tyrus Thompson also cleared waivers with injury designation, meaning he was placed on injured reserve.
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Here are those that made the Vikings practice squad:
- DL B.J. Dubose
- DT Isame Faciane
- WR Isaac Fruechte
- S Anthony Harris
- LB Brian Peters
- FB Blake Renaud
- LB Brandon Watts
- RB Dominique Williams
- T David Yankey
The team also reportedly signed defensive lineman Zach Moore to the practice squad after he was released by the New England Patriots. The former Concordia-St. Paul product played in eight games for the Patriots last season, starting one, registering three tackles and a forced fumble.
The practice squad is an ever-changing group, so, like the 53-man roster, expect changes here as the season progresses.