Vikings Continue Scouting Possibilities

Even before the Vikings' pass defense was being taken apart by the Patriots, Minnesota was checking out its linebacker and defensive back options on the free-agent market.

Before the Vikings pass defense was giving up 372 yards passing to New England quarterback Tom Brady on "Monday Night Football," the Vikings were trying out three defenders on Monday.

The tryouts of defensive back Derrick Strait and linebackers Jamar Enzor and Renauld Williams may have been done to see about their prospects of joining the team's practice squad after it elevated wide receiver Jason Carter to the 53-man roster and released linebacker Marquis Cooper.

Strait is the most accomplished of the three players, but head coach Brad Childress said Tuesday after his 31-7 loss to the Patriots that he didn't anticipate making any moves in the defensive backfield.

"I think we're OK, providing that nobody is banged up, and it doesn't seem to be back there," Childress said when asked if he anticipated any roster moves in the defensive backfield. "We've got nine guys on the roster right now and we typically dress eight. I don't see us (adding) because it's at the expense of other positions if we were to do something like that. I think we're comfortable with your number right now."

Strait is a 5-11, 189-pound cornerback out of Oklahoma who played five games for the New York Jets in 2004, then 16 for the Jets last year. The Jets selected him in the third round of the 2004 draft, but dealt him to the Cleveland Brown in a trade for running back Lee Suggs in mid-August this summer. However, Suggs failed the Jets' physical and the trade was nixed.

Eventually, he ended up playing in five games for Tampa Bay this season before being released. He has 65 tackles in his two-plus years of NFL service.

With Oklahoma, Strait started 53 games and won several awards after recording 264 tackles, 14 interceptions (a Big 12 record), two sacks and setting a school record with 54 passes defensed.

Enzor is a 6-1, 238-pound linebacker out of the University of Cincinnati. He spent three active games on the New York Jets roster at the end of last season, playing in one. He led the Bearcats with a career-high 137 tackles in 2003 and had two interceptions. In 47 games at Cincinnati, he had 311 tackles and 7.5 sacks.

Williams is a 6-0, 238-pound linebacker out of Hofstra. He played in two games with the Dolphins in 2004 and two with San Francisco last year after being released by the Browns before the 2005 season. He posted 97 tackles and 3.5 sacks as a senior after a junior campaign that included 114 tackles and 12 sacks.

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