Vikings Make Changes To Practice Squad

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 7, 2011 – 11:50 am

The Vikings tweaked their practice squad roster on Wednesday by signing a pair of defensive players.

DB Domonique Johnson and LB Tyrone McKenzie were signed, and to make room the Vikings let go of FB Matt Asiata and DL Cedric McKinley. The Vikings practice squad remains at 8 players, with 6 offensive players and 2 defensive players on the squad.

McKenzie was a 3rd-round pick (#97 overall) of the New England Patriots in 2009, but was placed on the Reserve/Injured list before the season began because of a knee injury sustained in rookie minicamp. He was waived in September of 2010 and then signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to their practice squad in November of 2010. Eventually McKenzie was promoted to the active roster, but was cut earlier this month.

Johnson is a 6-2, 200-pound DB from Texas City, Texas who finished his college career at Jackson State. He was signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2009 and he’s also spent time with the NY Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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18 Responses to “Vikings Make Changes To Practice Squad”

  1. By Vikings4Life on Sep 7, 2011 | Reply

    Vikes better be ready one of the best 3-4 teams this sunday.

  2. By David P on Sep 7, 2011 | Reply

    Yes and based on past results the vikings do not do well against 3-4 defenses.

  3. By Parody on Sep 7, 2011 | Reply

    From the description of the two additions, it seems like we would have been better served to keep Asiata over either one of them. Both guys are career practice squadders, and our roster is thin at the TE/FB position. Asiata showed some promise in preseason. In the event that Visanthe aggravates his injury, or one of the other two join the IR list, we’ll need to get a replacement on the field in a hurry. Hopefully D’Imperio will be able to provide enough of a safety net, because he’s all we have left now.

  4. By Josh on Sep 7, 2011 | Reply

    Sunday is 297 AD

  5. By CA Norwegian on Sep 7, 2011 | Reply

    There are more denfenders on the 53 and more offenders on the pratice team, to balance it out.

  6. By garyson1 on Sep 7, 2011 | Reply

    based on past results, vikings kick charger ass!!! Go All Day AP

  7. By Scott on Sep 7, 2011 | Reply

    Parody – the guys have been in the league since 2009. How can you call them “career practice squadders” when they have only been in the league two years?

  8. By Parody on Sep 7, 2011 | Reply

    Four years and five teams between the two of them. It doesn’t exactly scream NFL superstar.

    There’s an outside chance that one of them becomes a career 2nd stringer. But based on what I’ve read, I’m comfortable with my previous prediction.

  9. By Arrow86 on Sep 7, 2011 | Reply

    It gives depth at DB and LB in the event of injury, but I wouldn’t cast a bust in their likeness for Canton just yet.

  10. By sandiamond on Sep 7, 2011 | Reply


  11. By Mike R. on Sep 7, 2011 | Reply

    There were some Safeties I was checking out that weren’t drafted. They were projected to go in the late rounds. They ended up being signed as UDFA. Unfortunately, they did not make the team’s final cut. They did not make the PS. I like these Safeties. They were tackling machines! But no one picked them. In time, I thought these were good value in time.

  12. By Mike R. on Sep 7, 2011 | Reply

    P.S. They played half decent for the time they were on the field. Somethings take a little time.

  13. By Marty S on Sep 8, 2011 | Reply

    Their not that great of a 3-4 especially when you look at their LB’rs and how they are trying to shuffle them leading up to the season.

    AD’s gonna have a field day, “All Day”.

  14. By Woodboat on Sep 8, 2011 | Reply

    The Chargers 3-4 will be a challenge for our O-Line. Hopefully the new simplified blocking scheme is effective. I hope our new OC has a bunch of screens and quick slants installed.

    I’m predicting Loadholt gets called with at least 2 holding calls this weekend. McNabb gets sacked 3 times minimum. AP rushes for less than 100 yds. Come on Vikes, prove me wrong… PLEASE.

  15. By PURPLEBLOOD on Sep 8, 2011 | Reply

    LOOK Rowboat, thanks for the confidence boost!!!! GO VIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. By Blackwidow on Sep 8, 2011 | Reply

    @ Woodboat .. I agree that Loadhold will get called for at least 1 or 2 flags in game (thats a given ). AP rushing for less then 100 against one of the worst run D’s…. I don’t see that happening look for him to have a good game.

  17. By Fah Cue on Sep 8, 2011 | Reply

    Rick Spielman continues to prove his incompetence at evaluating potential talent for the defensive backfield.

  18. By VikeFan on Sep 8, 2011 | Reply

    I am glad that we put focus on our secondary. That can quit down some people. And a reminder, the Vikes only have so much they can spend on potential talent. They still need to sign Mr. Peterson for a good long time. Go Vikings

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