Brad Childress apparently likes the draft picks the team has made over the last three years. A vast majority of them remain in various roles with the Vikings.
Clearly the Vikings liked the players they had in training camp but were forced to release.
A day after making the required cuts to get down to 53 players, all eight of the Vikings signed to the practice squad were players that went through training camp. Despite having about 300 players to choose from among those players waived, they kept their selections in-house – WRs Jaymar Johnson
and Darius Reynaud
, offensive linemen Tim Mattran
and Brian Daniels
, defensive linemen Martail Burnett
and Leger Douzable
, RB Albert Young
and CB Marcus Walker
Although the Vikings had a small draft class because of the Jared Allen
trade, with Johnson being brought back to the practice squad, it means that all of the 2008 draft picks by the Vikings made the team at one level or another.
Since taking over in 2006, Brad Childress and the front office have made the most of their draft picks. In 2006, all six of their draftees made the team and five of them (Chad Greenway
, Cedric Griffin
, Ryan Cook
, Tarvaris Jackson
and Ray Edwards
) are starters. Only Greg Blue is no longer with the team, having been released in the preseason of 2007. Last year's draft class was bigger, but saw only two of their ranks not on the team last year – QB Tyler Thigpen, who was claimed by Kansas City, and WR Chandler Williams. After gleaning five starters from the 2006 draft, in 2007 the team added two more in Adrian Peterson
and Sidney Rice
and key role players in Marcus McCauley
, Brian Robison
and Aundrae Allison
Say what you want about the success of the Childress regime in its first two years, but there is no questioning the success the Vikings have had in the draft since the new group took charge.
LABOR DAY NOTES
In contrast to the solid drafting of the last three years, only two players remain from the final two years of the Mike Tice Administration's final two drafts in 2004 and 2005 – backup offensive lineman Marcus Johnson and backup tight end Jeff Dugan – a seventh-round pick in 2004. A total of 13 of the 15 draft picks from those two years are no longer on the Vikings roster.
The Cowboys have expressed an interest in recently cut Vikings QB Brooks Bollinger. The team currently had just two quarterbacks after cutting Richard Bartel, who played the entire preseason finale against the Vikings. Bollinger is expected to be signed after the first week of the regular season. If he was signed prior to that, because he is a vested veteran, his entire 2008 salary would be guaranteed.
The league announced Sunday that 11 players who are currently free agents are subject to suspension, meaning that if they are signed by a team, they will have to sit out the number of games included in the suspension as part of their punishment. On that list is former Viking Darrion Scott, who was charged with child endangerment last year and pleaded guilty to putting a dry-cleaning bag over the head of his infant son, who was crying. If any team wants to sign Scott, once they do, he will be sitting out the first three games after he is signed.
While not as sweet as the standard NFL payday, every week a practice-squad player remains on the roster, he is paid $5,200 a week.
A pair of former Vikings safeties from the Cleveland area – Mike Doss and Dustin Fox – have been mentioned as possible candidates to be signed by the Browns, although the team has made no indication that it has any problem with the four safeties that made the roster.
Dontarrious Thomas didn't last long with the 49ers. After signing a contract March 3, which was for $1.75 million and included a $400,000 signing bonus, he was cut over the weekend and will cost San Francisco $200,000 against the salary cap this year and in 2009.
Packers LB A.J. Hawk has been sidelined for the last two weeks with an unexplained chest injury, but is expected to be available and ready to start against the Vikings in the regular-season opener.
The Lions worked out recently released RB Rudi Johnson Sunday.
In other Lions news, the team signed Drew Henson to their practice squad, making him perhaps the oldest NFL player on a team's practice squad.
By claiming Steven Hauschka off of waivers from the Vikings, the kicker has to be on Baltimore's 53-man roster or be cut.