Vikings Sign One, Waive Three

The Vikings released three young developmental players today and signed another one in anticipation of their first training camp practice on Friday.

Rookies and select veterans report to training camp in Mankato Thursday and start practicing Friday, but three former Vikings who were practicing with the team this spring won't be there.

The Vikings on Wednesday waived wide receiver Kelvin Kight, cornerback Ukee Dozier and running back Taurean Henderson, a rookie free agent who seemed to fit the West Coast offense but didn't stand out in spring practices.

The Vikings also added fullback Brandon Jones, a rookie free agent out of Purdue. Jones ran for 1,661 yards (4.6 avg.) and 10 TDs while catching 49 passes for 619 yards (12.6 avg.) and six TDs during his Boilermaker career.

The Vikings were among a handful of teams vying for Ahmard Hall after he failed to get drafted in the supplemental draft two weeks ago. The Vikings offered him a contract, but he eventually signed with the Tennessee Titans. Hall was a former US Marine who walked onto the Texas squad in 2003.

The Vikings have been searching for depth at the fullback position since backup Joey Goodspeed tore his anterior cruciate ligament in minicamp. Veteran Tony Richardson will be the starter at fullback, and Jones and fellow undrafted rookie Steven Jackson will compete for a backup role with the team.

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