Vikings add receiver Jalen Reagor in trade with Eagles – Star Tribune

Vikings add receiver Jalen Reagor in trade with Eagles - Star Tribune

The Vikings now have the 21st and 22nd picks of the 2020 NFL Draft.

They got a receiver Jalen Reagorwho was drafted one spot ahead of vikings star Justin Jefferson, from the Eagles for a 2023 seventh-round pick and a conditional 2024 fourth-round pick that can become a fifth-round pick. The Vikings released a receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette2021 fifth-round pick, to make a spot on the roster.

Just last week, receiver KJ Osborne had Smith-Marsette and Bisi Johnsonwho suffered a torn ACL in Saturday’s preseason finale, in the position room every day.

“It’s very difficult,” Osborn said. “That’s what I’m learning. I’m in Year 3, so some of these things are my first time experiencing some of these things as well. That’s the business.”

Reagor gives the Vikings another option at receiver and punt returner, where Smith-Marsette struggled in the preseason. Reagor averaged 7.3 yards per return on 31 punts last year for Philadelphia.

Reagor, who has 64 catches for 695 yards and three touchdowns in two seasons, joins a receiver group with Jefferson, Adam ThielenOsborn and rookie Jalen Nailor.

Smith-Marsette is the seventh member of the 2021 draft class let go by first-year general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah. Only two of the draft picks – edge rusher Janarius Robinson and defensive lineman Jaylen Twyman — returned to the practice squad.

A practice squad was formed

The Vikings re-signed 12 players to the practice squad, bringing back Robinson, a tight end. Nick Muserunning back Bryant Kobackguard Kyle Hintonreceivers Sad Jackson and Dan Chisenacenter Josh Sokollinebacker William Kwenkeudefensive gear TJ Smith and Twymancornerback Parry Nickerson and safety Myles Dorn.

Four open spots remain on the 16-man practice squad. The team did not immediately decide to bring back a guard Wyatt Davis or linebacker Chazz Surratt, 2021 third-round picks cut Tuesday.

Updated league rules allow up to six veterans to join the practice squad, while 10 spots are reserved for players with no more than two accumulated seasons. Players can be elevated to the active game day roster up to three times during the season before they must be signed to the 53-man roster.

Mond, Mannion land elsewhere

The Vikings need a No. 3 quarterback next You have to say and Sean Mannion landed somewhere else.

Mond was claimed off waivers by the Browns on Wednesday. Mannion chose to sign with the Seahawks practice squad. Both were among the Vikings’ final cuts on Tuesday as the team opted to move forward with a quarterback Nick Mullens as the backup to Kirk Cousins.

Mond joins Browns head coach Kevin Stefanskilongtime Viking assistant, and quarterbacks Jacoby Brissett and Joshua Dobbs on Cleveland’s active roster. Mannion rejoins the Seahawks after spending a month in Seattle during last year’s training camp.

World and defensive gear Armon Watts were the only Vikings cuts required by other teams. The Bears picked up Watts, who started nine games last year, to keep him in the division. Watts was a surprise release after lining up as a starter during training camp.

The Vikings haven’t been awarded any players on waivers, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t filed any claims. They were 12th in the order of priority.

Blacklock relearning the defense

New defensive lineman Ross Blacklock, acquired Tuesday in a trade with the Texans, wore No. 96 while working away on the sidelines of practice with the team’s coaching staff. He was joined by Chisena (leg), Robinson (undisclosed) and a defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard (unknown). Blacklock feels strongly about how he fits in now that he’s reunited with defensive line coach Chris Rumphwho coached outside linebackers in Houston in 2020.

“He wasn’t my coach, but he was in the same defense that we kind of run,” Blacklock said. “So it’s kind of an iterative process, so I just have to get back to it and learn the technical things that come with this defense.”

Etc.

  • Running back Alexander Mattisoncornerback Cameron Dantzlerhandle Vederian Lowe and Nailor were not spotted at Wednesday’s practice. Mattison was out for family reasons, according to the team. First round safety Lewis Cine (knee) and a second-round cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. (ankle) returned to practice.
  • Tight end Irv Smith Jr.who has practiced for about a week, was noncommittal Wednesday when asked about being ready for Week 1: “We’re just taking it one day at a time, honestly. I just got back here the last couple of days.”
  • After Smith-Marsette was waived — and before Reagor arrived in Minnesota — Osborn, Thielen, running back Ty Chandler and cornerback Patrick Peterson launched pitch returns in practice.
  • Punter Ryan Wright will have to change his number 66 for the regular season. League rules require quarterbacks, kickers and punters to wear Nos. 1-19.
  • Former Gophers and Minneapolis North standout receiver Tyler Johnson was claimed by the Texans after being released by the Buccaneers on Tuesday.

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