Potential Vikings, Former Vikings Busy

The Vikings worked out two defensive backs this week. Get the lowdown on each of them, along with lots of notes on former Vikings trying to catch on around the league and being released around the league.

The Vikings took advantage of their bye week to work out two defensive backs – Tim Mixon and Jereme Perry.

Mixon, who played his college ball at the University of California, was released from the Cleveland Browns' practice squad after only one week of the regular season. He also had a tryout with the New England Patriots last week.

The 5-foot-8, 190-pound Mixon was expected to sign with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent, but he reportedly failed their physical. Instead, the Chicago Bears signed him and retained him throughout the offseason until they released him before the season started.

"Tim Mixon is a quality cover corner that has great instincts and awareness," according to Scout.com draft analyst Chris Steuber. "He's a playmaker that excels on defense and as a return specialist. He displays good footwork and technique in coverage and has a good burst to the ball. He lacks ideal size and struggles against taller, physical corners. Injuries have plagued his career and have hurt his chances of sticking with a team."

Perry was also with the Browns before the season started, but the 6-foot, 202-pounder was waived before the regular-season opener. He suffered the same scenario with the Browns in 2006 after spending their offseason competing for a backup position on the roster, but was signed to their practice squad last September and then promoted to the active roster in October. He ended up playing in 12 games with 18 tackles and four passes defensed despite suffering through ankle and knee injuries for much of the second half of last season.

"Perry has good size and matches up well against physical receivers. He has good instincts and is disciplined in coverage," Steuber writes. "He's strong against the run and doesn't shy away from contact. He's a solid special teams player. He plays overly aggressive at times and is susceptible to giving up big plays. He lacks elite speed and has to improve his footwork."

Last week, the Vikings worked out linebacker William Kershaw.

FORMER VIKING WORKOUTS

  • The Denver Broncos gave a tryout to former Vikings tight end Richard Angulo, a favorite of former head coach Mike Tice.

  • The Miami Dolphins also gave a tryout to former Vikings wide receiver Travis Taylor, who was allowed to leave via free agency this offseason, subsequently signed with the Oakland Raiders and then was released by them.

  • Safety Greg Blue, who was released by the Vikings before the start of the regular season, had a tryout with the Cincinnati Bengals earlier this week.

  • Finally, running back Ciatrick Fason, who never really fit into Brad Childress' West Coast offense in Minnesota and was released before the season began, had a tryout with the Houston Texans this week.

    OTHER FORMER VIKES

  • The Vikings released cornerback Mike Hawkins off their injured reserve, which means they must have reached an injury settlement with him. Hawkins was injured during a preseason game.

  • The New York Giants released wide receiver Todd Lowber from their practice squad. Lowber, the former basketball and track star, was trying to break into the NFL this season originally with the Vikings this offseason after never having played organized football before. The Vikings released the raw speedster before the regular season began and elected to not re-sign him to their practice squad.

  • The Buffalo Bills re-signed former Vikings defensive back Dustin Fox to their practice squad. Fox was a 2005 third-round pick of the Vikings, but spent that season on injured reserve and didn't make their 2006 roster. He has also spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles.

  • The Chicago Bears released former Vikings fullback Obafemi Ayanbadejo earlier this week after his suspension was lifted by the NFL.

  • The Oakland Raiders released former Vikings running back Joe Echemandu, who was formerly known as Adimchinobe Echemandu while he was with the Vikings.


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