The Vikings currently have six linebackers on their active roster, but Heath Farwell and Vinny Ciurciu are both considered mainly special teams players, despite Farwell showing he can produce as the team's leading preseason tackler each of the last two years. So far in his career, special teams has been Beck's calling as well.
Beck was released by the Atlanta Falcons, the Vikings' opponent in the opener, before the regular season began and reportedly had a tryout with the Cincinnati Bengals last week.
In two seasons with the Falcons, the 6-foot-2, 223-pounder missed his rookie season with an injury and played in 15 games last year despite ankle and shoulder injuries in training camp and early in the season. He registered 12 tackles in that limited action last season, but missed his entire rookie season because of a broken foot.
The Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo alumnus finished second on the Falcons with 13 special teams tackles last year. In college, he started 43 of 44 games, recording a school-record 449 tackles and compiled 16.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries, six forced fumbles and four interceptions, two that were returned for touchdowns.
He was a two-time All-Great West Conference Defensive Player of the Year and won the 2004 Buck Buchanan Award, given to the Division I-AA top defensive player in the country.
Beck played in three preseason games with the Falcons this year before his release, making seven tackles.
Beck was a third-round pick of the Falcons in 2005 (the 90th selection overall).