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We’re back at Winter Park where the Vikings have a noon practice as they begin preparations for the season-opener Sunday at Cleveland.
This will be our first chance to talk to Coach Brad Childress about the roster cuts and the decisions that went into setting the 53-man squad.
Check back throughout the afternoon for updates.
The Vikings final roster cutdown on Saturday left center Jon Cooper as the only undrafted rookie free agent to make the team.
But Cooper’s time on the 53-man roster proved brief. On Sunday, the Vikings waived him and signed center Kory Lichtensteiger.
Lichtensteiger (6-3, 295 pounds), a second-year player out of Bowling Green, was a fourth-round round pick by the Denver Broncos in 2008. He was placed on waivers by the Broncos on Saturday. Lichtensteiger played both guard and center at Bowling Green. Here’s the information on the Vikings website.
Lichtensteiger likely will be the top backup to starter John Sullivan at center.
The Vikings have announced their eight-member practice squad on the team website. It can be found right here.
Here is the list:
DB Colt Anderson: The undrafted rookie free agent from Montana reportedly received a $20,000 signing bonus to join the Vikings. Given that amount is a pretty good sum for an undrafted player it’s no surprise the Vikings wanted to stash him on the practice squad. The Vikings kept five safeties and Anderson didn’t appear to have a real good shot of making the 53-man roster. Seventh-round pick Jamarca Sanford was among those who beat him out.
QB John David Booty: Perhaps Booty’s poor performance in Friday’s preseason finale against Dallas was the best thing that could have happened for the Vikings. If any team thought about claiming Booty off waivers, it probably changed when they watched film of that game. Booty remains a definite work in progress and if he can develop could have a future in Minnesota. Keep in mind, Brett Favre is eventually going to have to retire and Tarvaris Jackson could be a free agent after this season.
OT Chris Clark: He also was a member of the Vikings practice squad last season after going to training camp with Tampa Bay in 2008. Listed at 6-5, 315 pounds, Clark played college football at Southern Miss. He started the final 39 consecutive games at Southern Miss and was a first-team All-Conference USA choice by league coaches as a senior.
RB Ian Johnson: He was impressive against the Cowboys but the decision to keep the slightly more experienced Albert Young on the 53-man roster was the right one. Young was on the practice squad last season and got plenty of valuable experience. Johnson stands to get the same this year. He finished third on the Vikings in rushing during the preseason with 117 yards on 33 carries and two touchdowns. Young had 141 yards on 40 carries, meaning both players averaged 3.5 yards per rush.
DT Tremaine Johnson: Signed as an undrafted free agent, Johnson (6-2, 285 pounds) was listed third on the depth chart behind Kevin Williams and Letroy Guion at under tackle. Johnson played college football at LSU and has plenty of big-game experience. He should learn plenty playing behind Pro Bowl tackles Kevin and Pat Williams.
TE Garrett Mills: Spent time on the Vikings’ 53-man roster each of the past two seasons, but did not make the cut this time. Mills has very good hands (his 201 receptions at Tulsa rank second all-time among Division I-A tight ends) and the coaching staff likes him, but he has struggled with various injuries since arriving in Minnesota in 2007. Of all the players the Vikings got through waivers, Mills is the one I thought actually might be claimed.
WR Nick Moore: The undrafted rookie free agent out of Toledo was an incredible long shot to make the 53 — the Vikings kept six wide receivers — but he impressed throughout training camp and the Vikings were likely very happy to get him on the practice squad. Moore had four receptions for 37 yards during the preseason and appears to have a shot to make a roster at some point.
OT Drew Radovich: Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Vikings in 2008, Radovich spent most of last season on the injured reserve because of trouble with his shoulder. That was after he had made the opening-day roster. He was unable to do so this time around, the Vikings kept eight offensive linemen as opposed to nine a year ago, but could get a quick promotion if there is an injury at tackle.
I just confirmed that running back Ian Johnson has been signed to the practice squad. The former Boise State standout pushed Albert Young for the No. 3 running back job during the preseason.
As I mentioned below, offensive tackle Drew Radovich has signed and there’s a good chance quarterback John David Booty will also be signed to the eight-man practice squad.
UPDATE: NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora has confirmed that Booty has been signed to the practice squad.
We will post the rest when we get them.
The Vikings haven’t released their eight-man practice squad yet but are expected to do so soon.
I’ve heard that they have signed offensive tackle Drew Radovich and that it’s likely that quarterback John David Booty also will clear waivers and be signed to the practice squad.
It sounds like the team also is hoping to sign running back Ian Johnson, cornerback Marcus Walker and tight end Jake Nordin.
We’ll post the names when we get them.