Another Safety?

Find out why the Vikings would consider bringing in former Jacksonville Jaguars safety Nick Sorenson for a workout early this week.

It’s no secret the Vikings need to improve their kick coverage on special teams, and that may be what’s behind their interest in another safety.

You would have thought that safety was one of the last positions the Vikings might have any interest in adding another player, but not according to recent reports that the team is interested in bringing in former Jacksonville Jaguars special teams captain Nick Sorenson.

The Vikings are reportedly one of at least four teams who have expressed interest in Sorenson, who was released by Jacksonville this week.  He is scheduled to work out with the Vikings on either Monday or Tuesday at Winter Park.

Sorenson, a seventh-year NFL veteran, spent his first two seasons in the league with the Rams and the last four with the Jaguars, but he became expendable in the defensive backfield with the addition of top pick Reggie Nelson.

Sorenson’s forte, and the reason the Vikings are interested, is clearly his ability to contribute on special teams.  A college quarterback at Virginia Tech, Sorenson has made his living primarily on kick coverage, an area sorely in need with the Vikings.

Despite the team’s perceived depth behind starters Darren Sharper and Dwight Smith at safety, none of them are true standouts on special teams.

Sorenson is a unique all-around athlete.  He has excelled on special teams whenever healthy since coming into the league.  He led the Rams with 24 special-teams tackle in 2002.  He was the Jags special teams captain in nine of the last 10 games in 2003, and finished with 19 tackles.  Again the special teams captain, he finished third on the team with 12 tackles in 2004.  He has struggled with injuries the past two seasons, suffering a broken ankle late in the 2005 season, and he finished the 2006 season on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.

He suffered a blow to the head during preseason action earlier this year and was subsequently released by Jacksonville earlier this week.

Should the Vikings actually sign Sorenson, we’ll provide you with a complete, in-depth scouting report.  In the meantime, here’s his bio with the Jags.

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