Vikings add former Gopher MarQueis Gray in roster changes

Minnesota continued turning over its roster in advance of the Sept. 7 regular-season opener at St. Louis.

MarQueis Gray played for Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner last season in Cleveland.

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Former Minnesota Gophers quarterback MarQueis Gray, now a tight end, was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, along with former San Diego Chargers offensive tackle Mike Harris as Minnesota continued turning over its roster in advance of the Sept. 7 regular-season opener at St. Louis.

To make room for Gray, who had played for Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner last season in Cleveland, and Harris, Minnesota waived linebacker Larry Dean and offensive tackle Austin Wentworth.

The Vikings also announced additions to their practice squad. Running back Joe Banyard, receiver Kain Colter, defensive tackle Isame Faciane, tight end Chase Ford, receiver Donte Foster, cornerback Kendall James, center Zac Kerin, offensive tackle Mike Remmers and defensive end Justin Trattou all cleared waivers after being released on Saturday and were added to the practice squad.

Minnesota still has one spot open as the NFL increased practice squads to 10 players this season.

Gray, 23, had two catches for eight yards and ran for 43 yards last season for the Browns. He was released as part of Cleveland's cuts Saturday to reach the 53-man regular-season roster limit.

Gray was a receiver and quarterback during his four years at the University of Minnesota. He ran for 1,731 yards and 12 touchdowns in four seasons, caught 60 passes for 766 yards and six touchdowns as he spent much of the first two years as a receiver. He was largely a quarterback his last two seasons and passed for 2,053 yards, 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in his four years.

Gray now weighs 250 pounds at 6-foot-4 as he has transitioned to tight end and halfback.

Harris, 25, has played 20 games the past two years for San Diego.

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