Minnesota Vikings sign OL Willie Beavers to active roster

The Minnesota Vikings had an open roster spot after placing Adrian Peterson on injured reserve and chose to fill it by signing rookie offensive lineman Willie Beavers off the practice squad.

The Minnesota Vikings announced Tuesday that they have signed rookie offensive lineman Willie Beavers to the active roster. The team has had an open roster spot since last Friday when they placed running back Adrian Peterson on injured reserve.

It makes sense that they would choose to sign an offensive lineman to fill that roster spot with offensive tackle Matt Kalil being placed on injured reserve on Sept. 21 and then offensive guard Alex Boone (hip) getting banged up in last week’s game. 

Beavers was the Vikings’ fourth-round draft pick out of Western Michigan this past offseason. He was a part of the team through all of training camp and the preseason, but was waived by the Vikings during their final roster cuts. He was then signed to the team’s practice squad once he cleared waivers. 

The team’s coaches like Beavers’ size, athleticism and versatility - he can play both guard and tackle - but still want to see him get stronger and clean up his techniques. 

The Vikings also announced that they have waived cornerback Julian Wilson from the practice squad. They then signed wide receiver Isaac Fruechte and offensive tackle Sean Hickey to fill the voids on the practice sqaud.

Both Fruechte and Hickey were on the Vikings’ roster during training camp and the preseason. 


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