Vikings short on defensive ends heading into Philadelphia
Going into their game in Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon Authentic Kirk Cousins Jersey , the Minnesota Vikings are dealing with a couple of injury issues. Some of those issues have left them short at a pretty important position, and it will be interesting to see how they handle it.Tashawn Bower (ankle) and Everson Griffen (personal issues) are both going to miss Sunday’s game for the Vikings, which means that they only have two defensive ends on the roster healthy enough to play on Sunday: Danielle Hunter and Stephen Weatherly. Weatherly has started the past two games in Griffen’s absence, and Hunter has had a strong start to the season. The rest of the defensive end depth chart, however, is on the shelf in some way. The Vikings had signed Jonathan Wynn to the practice squad earlier this week, but as of Saturday night had not made a move to place him on the main roster.It will be interesting to see how the Vikings handle this, and there are a couple of different potential solutions. First, the Vikings have rookie Jalyn Holmes available and could potentially use him as a defensive end. Holmes has not been active for a game yet this year, and primarily worked on the inside in camp as a three-technique tackle. However, he played a lot of defensive end in college and could fill that spot in a pinch.The other solution. . .and one that I’d, frankly, like to see. . .involved linebacker Anthony Barr. During the offseason Authentic Mike Hughes Jersey , the Vikings had said that they were going to attempt to use Barr more as a hand-in-the-dirt defensive end, particularly in pass-rushing situations. However, we haven’t really seen much of that during this early portion of the regular season. With the situation the Vikings are currently looking at, however, they might not have much of a choice. The upside of that is that it would give Barr the opportunity to get after the opposing quarterback, and it would keep him far away from opposing wide receivers. This can only be considered a good thing.Like I said, I’m not sure exactly what the Vikings are going to do as far as their defensive end situation on Sunday, but they don’t have a whole lot of readily-available solutions at this point, either. On Tuesday, the Minnesota Vikings did a bit of reshuffling on their practice squad, bringing back a familiar face. Well, fairly familiar anyway.According to Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Vikings have signed cornerback Jalen Myrick and offensive tackle Adam Bisnowaty to their practice squad. In order to make room for them Womens Adam Thielen Jersey , they waived defensive tackle Curtis Cothran and waived defensive end Jonathan Wynn with an injury designation.Myrick, the former Golden Gopher, was on the Vikings’ practice squad earlier this season, but was released just a week ago. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft, and spent his rookie season with the Jaguars.Bisnowaty played his college ball at the University of Pittsburgh, where he was teammates with current Vikings’ right tackle Brian O’Neill. Bisnowaty was taken in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft (#200 overall) by the New York Giants, and started the Giants’ regular season finale at right tackle after spending that year on the practice squad. He was cut this preseason, and spent time with both the Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers this past offseason.Cothran was an undrafted free agent from Penn State who spent Training Camp with the Vikings and was signed to the practice squad following final cuts. Wynn was also part of the team’s final cutdown, and was signed by the team back on 1 October.Because Wynn was waived with an injury designation, if he goes unclaimed he will go onto the Vikings’ injured reserve list.With these moves, the Vikings’ 10-man practice squad now looks like this:WR Jeff BadetWR Chad BeebeOT Adam BisnowatyLB Reshard CliettOL Cornelius EdisonOL Colby GossettTE Cole HikutiniCB Craig JamesCB Jalen MyrickOT Storm Norton
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