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A Glance At Vikings Practice Squad

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 4, 2012 – 11:12 am

Preparations for Sunday’s regular season and home opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars will be full-steam ahead on Wednesday. So today, let’s take a look at a group of players who will play important roles in aiding the Vikings in those preparations – the practice squad.

Teams use the practice squad primarily as a roster mechanism to procure the development (and hopefully future production) of young players who aren’t quite ready to hold down a spot on the 53-man roster. But an ancillary function of a practice squad player is helping the team prepare for the upcoming opponent.

The Vikings announced their full practice squad on Monday. Here is a quick look at all eight of those players…

DT Chase Baker – He signed with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent and had a solid training camp. Baker was on the North squad at this year’s Senior Bowl, which gave the Vikings a detailed look at him prior to the draft. Baker measures in at 6-0, 300 pounds and played college football at Boise State.

CB Bobby Felder – Another undrafted rookie free agent who spent camp with the Vikings, Felder is around the ball a lot and ultimately showed enough for the Vikings to want to keep him around. Felder had a productive career (5 INTs and 3 blocked kicks as a senior in 2011) at Nicholls State and measures in at 5-11, 200 pounds.

WR Tori Gurley – Described as a receiver in a TE’s body, Gurley measures in at 6-4, 232 pounds and had a productive career at South Carolina, totaling 75 receptions for 905 yards and 6 TDs. He signed with the Packers last year as an undrafted free agent and spent the season on their practice squad.

OL Tyler Holmes – A 4-year starter and letterwinner at Tulsa, Holmes was actually selected with the 7th overall pick in the CFL Draft, but he ultimately signed with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent and spent training  camp impressing coaches enough to earn a spot on the practice squad. He started all 46 games he played at Tulsa, received his bachelor’s degree in management in May of 2011 and played last season while pursuing a Master’s degree in business.

OL Kevin Murphy – An undrafted rookie free agent from Harvard, Murphy signed with the Vikings just days before training camp. He measures in at 6-7, 305 pounds.

DE Ernest Owusu – A long and lean DE, Owusu is a product of California and had a productive career there, playing in 42 games with 18 starts and recoding 14.0 tackles for loss and 8.0 sacks. He signed with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent.

WR Chris Summers – Another tall receiver listed at 6-5, 215 pounds, Summers signed with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent and was waived last week. A product of Liberty, Summers joins Gurley as former members of division rivals who are now on the Vikings practice squad.

RB Jordan Todman – Signed off the San Diego Chargers practice squad last December, Todman was injured for much of training camp but performed well once healthy this preseason, capping off the exhibition season with a 10-carry, 114-yard, 1 TD outing against the Houston Texans. He was originally a 6th-round pick of the Chargers in 2011.


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24 Responses to “A Glance At Vikings Practice Squad”

  1. By H.M.G. on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    Summer broke or nearly broke the records that Simpson set in the Big South conference. He doesn’t have great speed but has very good hands.

  2. By H.M.G. on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    This is a little bold but Owusu will be the next John Randle!

  3. By H.M.G. on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    GOMER! Where are you?

  4. By H.M.G. on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    We need your well thought out ideas on these guys.

  5. By H.M.G. on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and now 5th.

  6. By peoplethatcountarestupid on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    6th

  7. By H.M.G. on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    Yay some one else. What do you think of these guys?

  8. By H.M.G. on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    Summers, Owusu, Felder, and Todman are the guys who I think could be very good for us. Todman this year others next year.

  9. By H.M.G. on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    Felder could contribute this year depending on the health of the other CB.

  10. By astolpho on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    I would imagine those 2 OL’s are back up for Kalil and Charlie Johnson who have no back ups on the depth chart, we look to be fairly deep at cornerback but keeping a guy that shows promise that didn’t get a chance to perform is a good investment, I don’t think I’ve seen a lock down corner in a minnesota uniform yet so there’s always room for improvement, DT and DE look to be similar developmental prospects they are holding on to. I look at the 2 WR’s as guys that show a lot of promise and can be ready to show their stuff if they get a chance, still haven’t brought a scary guy to the wide out position (at least till jumping Jerome gets back in week 4), no offence Harvin is great but he is best in the slot or coming out of the backfield. Speaking of backfield, Toddman had a great game admittedly against guys that were in large part fighting for a spot in their own teams 53 man roster, but these players on the bubble were playing like there is no tomorrow because it was either their last game or their audition for their next gig. All I can say is I like him in Viking’s purple.

  11. By ozzinator on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    How come I don’t see Mistral Raymond on that list?

  12. By Spencer on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    ….Because hes not a practice squad player.

  13. By astolpho on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    @ozzinator because he’s on the 53 man roster starting Strong Safety

  14. By H.M.G. on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    He is starting opposite of Smith. Did you think Sanford was starting?

  15. By ozzinator on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    Bwaa ha ha ha ha ah aha ha aha ha.
    But how come nobody is talking about Mistral Raymond? :)

  16. By H.M.G. on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    @ astolpho
    Nice breakdown.
    Only thing I think Mark Asper and Schwartz are the Back up OTs.

  17. By H.M.G. on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    I think Raymond will be solid next to Smith. Hopefully he becomes a ballhawk. If not TJ McDonald could be a good 2nd round draft pick.

  18. By astolpho on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    @H.M.G. it looks that way in the unofficial depth chart

    http://blog.vikings.com/2012/08/31/vikings-announce-53-man-roster-2/

  19. By H.M.G. on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    Some people were dropped between then and now.
    The most important question why is Sanford ahead of Smith.

  20. By astolpho on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    @H.M.G it does say its unofficial, the only reason I could see is maybe experience, Smith looked good and game ready but maybe they think they got the same thing and 4 years of experience with Jamarca

  21. By sandiamond on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    Smith or Sanford will get the nod at SS. Undetermined right now per frazier

  22. By JE on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    I personally really like our practice squad players this year. Young and alot of talent. We acually have some depth at positions of need. Good job again by Spielman and the coaching staff!!!

  23. By rory from n.w.ark on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    Tori Gurley was a hard decision for Green Bay to let go of ,I heard this from an avid greenbay fan saying he was as good as 2 of there starters,need to look at him right away,he was on greenbays practice squad last year,so what if he shunned us last year but who wouldnt have?Hes got size and good hands….And I think he wants to start in the NFL.

  24. By USC TROJANS Vikings fan on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    @H.M.G. TJ McDonald is not going in the 2nd round lol he is a first round pick lock.

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