The Vikings now have the 21st and 22nd picks of the 2020 NFL Draft.
They got receiver Jalen Reagorwho was drafted one spot for Vikings star Justin Jefferson, from the Eagles for a seventh-round pick in 2023 and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2024 that could become a fifth-round pick. The Vikings have released the receiver Ihmir Smith Marsettea pick from the fifth round of 2021, to make way on the roster.
Just last week, recipient KJ Osborn had Smith-Marsette and Bisi Johnsonwho suffered a torn ACL in the preseason finale on Saturday, in the position space every day.
“It’s super heavy,” Osborn said. “That’s what I’m learning. I’m in year 3, so some of these things are my first time experiencing some of these things. That’s the thing.”
Reagor gives the Vikings another option on the receiver and punt return, where Smith-Marsette struggled to adjust in the preseason. Reagor averaged 7.3 yards per return on 31 punts for Philadelphia last year.
Reagor, who has 64 catches for 695 yards and three touchdowns in two seasons, joins a receiver group with Jefferson, Adam ThielenOsborn and rookie Jalen Nailor.
Smith-Marsette is the seventh member of the 2021 draft class to be let go by freshman general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah. Only two of the design choices – edge rusher Janarius Robinson and defensive lineman Jaylen Twyman – returned to the practice squad.
Practice team formed
The Vikings have re-signed 12 players to the practice squad, bringing Robinson back, tight end Nick Muserun back Bryant Kobackguard Kyle Hintonrecipients Trishton Jackson and Dan ChisenaCentre Josh Sokollinebacker William Kwenkeudefensive tackles TJ Smith and Jaylen Twymancorner back Parry Nickerson and safety Myles Dorn.
There are still four open spots in the 16-man practice squad. The team did not immediately decide to return the guard Wyatt Davis or linebacker Chazz Surratt, 2021 third round picks cut Tuesday.
The updated league rules allow up to six veterans to join the training squad, while 10 spots are reserved for players with no more than two seasons accrued. Players can be placed on the active matchday roster up to three times during the season before being required to be signed up to the 53-man roster.
Mond, Mannion land elsewhere
The Vikings need a No. 3 quarterback after that Kellen Mond and Sean Mannion landed elsewhere.
Mond was claimed by the Browns on Wednesday. Mannion chose to sign with the Seahawks practice squad. Both were among the Vikings’ latest cuts on Tuesday as the team chose to move on to quarterback Nick Mullens if the backup to Kirk Cousins.
Mond joins Brown’s head coach Kevin Stefanskican old Vikings assistant and quarterbacks Jacoby Brissett and Joshua Dobbs on Cleveland’s active roster. Mannion rejoins the Seahawks after spending a month in Seattle during last year’s training camp.
Mouth and Defense Equipment Armon Watts were the only Vikings cuts claimed by other teams. The Bears picked up Watts, who started nine games last year, to keep him in the division. Watts was a surprise release after lining up as a starter throughout training camp.
The Vikings didn’t get any players on waivers, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t filed any claims. They were 12th in priority order.
Blacklock relearns the defense
New Defensive Lineman Ross Blacklock, which was acquired Tuesday in a trade with the Texans, wore No. 96 while working with the team’s training staff in addition to training. He was joined by Chisena (leg), Robinson (undisclosed) and defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard (not published). Blacklock has a strong sense of how he fits in as he reunites with the defensive coach Chris Rumphiwho coached outside linebackers in Houston in 2020.
“He wasn’t my coach, but he was on the same defense as us,” Blacklock said. “So it’s kind of a repeating process, so I just have to get back to it and learn the technique that comes with this defense.”
- run back Alexander Mattisoncorner back Cameron Dantzlerintercept Vederian Lowe and Nailor were not seen at Wednesday’s practice. Mattison was away for family reasons, according to the team. Safety in the first round Lewis Cinema (knee) and second round cornerback Andrew Boot Jr. (single) back to practice.
- Tight ending Irv Smith Jr.who has been practicing for about a week, was noncommittal on Wednesday when asked if he was ready for week 1: “We’re just taking it day by day, honestly. I just got back here the last few days.”
- After Smith-Marsette was waived — and before Reagor arrived in Minnesota — Osborn, Thielen, running back Ty Chandler and corner back Patrick Peterson fielded punt returns in practice.
- punter Ryan Wright will have to change his number 66 for the regular season. Competition rules require quarterbacks, kickers and gamblers to wear numbers 1-19.
- Former Gophers and Minneapolis North Standout Recipient Tyler Johnson was claimed by the Texans after being released by the Buccaneers on Tuesday.