Although they’ve whittled their roster down to 53 players and have declared an 8-man roster squad, the Vikings are not finished making roster moves. As Vikings VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman has told us before, managing an NFL roster is a never-ending process.
That process continued on Sunday afternoon when the Vikings waived C Jon Cooper and signed C Kory Lichtensteiger.
Lichtensteiger is a 2nd year player out of Bowling Green State who was a 4th round pick by the Denver Broncos in 2008. The Broncos waived Lichtensteiger on Saturday as they trimmed their roster to get to the 53-player limit.
In college, Lichtensteiger played both guard and center. Over his 5-year career, the 6-3, 295-pounder received numerous honors, including being chosen as a team captain and being named to All-MAC, Academic All-MAC and national All-American lists.
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A guy who has been the subject of several reader comments here on the blog and who I’m guessing the Vikings coaching staff and personnel staff gave serious thought to including on the 53-man roster is RB Ian Johnson. Following his 2-touchdown performance against the Cowboys in Friday’s preseason finale, some thought he had done enough to beat out Albert Young for the 3rd RB spot.
Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress mentioned after Friday’s preseason finale that RBs coach Eric Bieniemy stated that this year’s RB crew was the best the team has had in camp since this particular staff has been together in Minnesota. Of course the presence of players such as Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor are the main reason Bieniemy feels that way. But that sentiment can also be attributed to both Young and Johnson, and their willingness to work hard and continue their development.
While Johnson continued to impress me as training camp and the preseason went on, I think the Vikings made the right choice by keeping Young on the 53-man roster and attempting to slide Johnson through waivers and onto the practice squad. Young has been in this offensive system and on this team for 2+ years now, and I think there’s something to be said for that and for the fact that like Johnson, Young has also been productive when he’s had opportunities.
But now that Johnson is on the practice squad, he’ll (hopefully) get a full year of experience in this system and then enter training camp next year with a broader knowledge of the Vikings scheme and way of doing business. This will equip him with the same experience that Young possesses and then we’ll see another good, old-fashioned dogfight for a roster spot on the RB depth chart.
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The Vikings on Sunday signed the following players to their practice squad: DB Colt Anderson, QB John David Booty, OT Chris Clark, RB Ian Johnson, DT Tremaine Johnson, TE Garrett Mills, WR Nick Moore and OT Drew Radovich.
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