One of the buzz phrases over draft weekend when it came to college football talent and the Vikings draft was "position flexibility." Being able to play more than one position was a must.
Apparently, that didn't just apply to draft weekend. The Vikings went after a true flex position player following the draft, signing U-Mass player R.J. Cobbs to a three-year deal.
Cobbs, who played defensive back, running back, wide receiver, kick returner and punt returner in college, will be given a chance to earn a roster spot -- perhaps the one that came open last week when Joey Goodspeed was lost for the season with a torn ACL.
Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
* In a Yahoo Sports column over the weekend, it was speculated who would be the next Larry Johnson -- the breakout player of 2006. Among the top players mentioned? The Vikings' Ciatrick Fason.
* Prior to signing Chester Taylor, there was speculation the Vikings would be interested in Laurence Maroney. While he wasn't an option after signing Taylor, he's making an impact with the Patriots. Head coach Bill Belichick heaped praise on Maroney at minicamp, saying it has been a long time since he's had a running back that acceleratates through a hole like Maroney.
* Former Viking QB Daunte Culpepper is earning praise from his new Dolphin teammates, showing off a strong arm and good straight-line speed. Culpepper can't run side-to-side, but is showing continued improvement. However, he is still a big question mark to be ready for the regular-season opener in September.
* Eagles DT Paul Grasmanis is a potential June 1 salary cap casualty. If he becomes available, don't be surprised to see an interest shown by the Vikings.
Cobbs A Multi-Dimensional Player
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