The Vikings rounded out their practice squad by adding Minneapolis native Brandon Archer, who went to training camp with the Indianapolis Colts this summer as an undrafted rookie free agent from Kansas State.
Archer (6-0 ½, 236, 4.73-4.85) is “smart, instinctive, good size and knows the defense,” according to a league source.
Coming from the Colts, the defensive scheme is similar, so the transition for Archer should be smooth.
“A fiery competitor, Archer showed a lot of spunk and good instincts,” according to Scout.com NFL writer Ed Thompson. “He's the one player out of the trio that simply lost the numbers game. The Colts kept seven linebackers, which is plenty for the active roster. While Archer would be a reliable backup to Gary Brackett [at middle linebacker], the truth of the matter is that if Brackett gets injured, Rob Morris will slide over while Tyjuan Hagler or Rocky Boiman backfill his spot at strongside linebacker. So the Colts really didn't need a true, dedicated roster spot for a backup middle man. I like this guy and think he has a good future ahead of him.”
Archer was K-State’s leading tackler for the third straight season as a senior, ranking sixth in the Big 12 during the regular season with a career single-season best 97 tackles. A consistent big-play threat throughout the year, seven of Archer’s tackles came behind the opposition’s line of scrimmage, including 2.5 sacks. He also broke up four passes and recovered a pair of fumbles.
We’ll have a complete Scout’s Notebook on Archer soon.