The Vikings on Tuesday waived WR Bernard Berrian and signed WR Stephen Burton to the active roster.
Berrian was inactive for 2 of the Vikings last 3 games and his release on Tuesday is the end to what has been a tenuous run of late with the Vikings. To fill his spot on the roster the Vikings promoted Burton from the practice squad. Burton was a 7th-round draft choice of the Vikings last April out of West Texas A&M.
The Vikings also terminated the practice squad contract of DL Cedric McKinley.
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The Vikings have made a few changes to the roster over the past day or so. Here are the changes…
– C Joe Berger was signed to the active roster and C Jon Cooper was waived to make room for Berger.
– DL Cedric McKinley was signed to the practice squad. The Vikings had a spot open on the practice squad after activating TE Allen Reisner on Saturday.
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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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The rainy conditions subsided in time for the Vikings to work outside during OTA #10 and then host a group of Special Olympic Minnesota athletes at Winter Park on Wednesday. The Vikings went through a typical OTA practice and then several members of the team, including Head Coach Brad Childress, stayed after practice to visit with the SOM participants and take part in a Punt, Pass and Kick clinic.
Prior to the clinic and meet and greet, the SOM group watched OTA #10 from the sidelines, often times cheering after highlight-caliber play.
For now, here are a few highlights from Wednesday’s action at Winter Park…
– Rookie 4th round DE Everson Griffen was one of the most engaged players during the SOM event following practice. He signed autographs immediately after practice concluded, assisted the participants in the Kick portion of the clinic and then stayed after the SOM event to visit and pose in photos. We talked to Griffen after the SOM event and we’ll include his comments in the video recap of the event that will be posted later this afternoon.
– I spoke with Dave Dorn, President of Special Olympics Minnesota, during practice and he was once again thrilled to have the event at Winter Park after a practice. Dorn said commented that the Vikings have been a great partner throughout the years and that the Punt, Pass and Kick Clinic was an event that began with former Vikings FB Tony Richardson and has continued with the support of both Childress and superstar RB Adrian Peterson.
– Two highlight-caliber plays stuck out to me during practice. One was registered by LB Erin Henderson in the 2nd-to-last play of the inside skeleton drill. He jumped a pass in the middle of the field that was intended for TE Jeff Dugan and thrown by Sage Rosenfels. Henderson caught the pass smoothly and would’ve glided into the endzone for a TD. On the very next play, though, Rosenfels went back to Dugan at the very same spot and the duo completed the pass. The other highlight-caliber play came from QB Tarvaris Jackson and rookie 7th round TE Mickey Shuler. Jackson took a 5-step drop and rifled a pass to Shuler down the right seam. Shuler, who’s made some impressive catches during OTAs, hauled in the pass and continued down the field.
– Players were made available to the media following practice and one of the most popular interviews was WR Logan Payne, a former University of Minnesota Golden Gopher. Payne was signed this offseason after spending time with a few different NFL teams. A few interesting comments from Payne: 1) He said even as a guy whose made an NFL roster in the past, there isn’t much room for error for him and he’s making the most of this opportunity, 2) He had a few other teams interested in bringing him in this offseason but he took a look at the Vikings team and coaching staff and felt comfortable being with the Vikings, and 3) As he comes back from an injury, he feels as fast as he’s ever been during his career.
– While we’re on the topic of former Golden Gophers, I spent a few minutes after Tuesday’s practice with DL Cedric McKinley. He joined the Vikings this offseason as an undrafted rookie free agent and he told me that after playing mostly DE in college he’s been playing a lot of 3-technique here with the Vikings. He also went on to explain that he’s been watching a lot of Kevin Williams’ film and he’s also been impressed with the work ethic Williams has. “I’m having a great experience so far,” McKinley said, “and it’s really a blessing to be a part of this team right now.”
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