Vikings keep Webb as No. 5 WR, Sherels as CB, PR
Joe Webb’s athleticism was too much to part with for the
After converting Webb to wide receiver this spring, following a
failed emergency playoff start at quarterback when Christian Ponder
was out with an injury, the Vikings kept the versatile former
sixth-round draft pick for special teams value and depth at an
Webb, in the fourth and final year of his contract, was one of
five wide receivers on the 53-man regular-season roster revealed
Saturday after the cut deadline.
The Vikings waived 19 players, including wide receivers Stephen
Burton, Rodney Smith and former Minnesota State University star
Burton, a seventh-round draft pick in 2011, had a strong
training camp, but Greg Jennings, Jerome Simpson, Cordarrelle
Patterson and Jarius Wright were assured spots.
Marcus Sherels was included as the fifth cornerback, meaning
he’ll be the punt returner again this year.
Brandon Burton and Bobby Felder were waived at that position,
leaving Chris Cook, Josh Robinson, Xavier Rhodes, A.J. Jefferson
and Sherels to defend the vaunted passing attacks in the NFC North
and around the league. The Vikings also kept five safeties, waiving
Brandan Bishop and Darius Eubanks.
Guard Seth Olson was placed on injured reserve after suffering a
concussion in the final preseason game Thursday. Fullback Jerome
Felton (three games, substance abuse policy violation) and tackle
DeMarcus Love (four games, performance enhancing substance policy
violation) don’t count against the limit while serving suspensions
by the NFL.
Wide receiver Greg Childs, still recovering from a patellar
tendon tear in each knee more than a year ago, is on the physically
unable to perform list. Defensive tackle Christian Ballard is on
the reserve list, having left the team for unspecified personal
Also waived: tight ends Colin Anderson and Chase Ford; running
back Joe Banyard; offensive linemen Travis Bond, Brandon Keith and
Kevin Murphy; defensive tackles Everett Dawkins, Anthony McCloud
and Spencer Nealy; defensive ends D’Aundre Reed and Collins Ukwu;
and linebacker Tyrone McKenzie.
Bond and Dawkins, seventh-rounders from North Carolina and
Florida State respectively, were the only members of this year’s
draft picks to be let go. Reed was a seventh-round selection in
2011. McKenzie led the team in 2012 with 20 special teams
The Vikings kept eight linebackers and nine defensive
On the other side, they retained eight offensive linemen, three
tight ends, three quarterbacks and four running backs. With Felton
out until Sept. 23, undrafted free agent Zach Line made the team as
a fullback. Line, a standout at SMU, had three receptions for 74
yards and two touchdowns and rushed four times for 18 yards in four
preseason games this month.
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