EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Former University of Minnesota defensive lineman Anthony Jacobs’ work at the Minnesota Vikings rookie minicamp last week didn’t go unrewarded.
Scout.com’s Aaron Wilson is reporting the Vikings signed Jacobs to a contract on Tuesday. Jacobs, who first caught the team’s attention at the Gophers’ pro day in March, is 6-foot-2 and 291 pounds and the Vikings used him on special teams and defense during last weekend’s minicamp.
Jacobs was one of five former Gophers attending the camp, along with receiver Da’Jon McKnight, defensive lineman Brandon Kirksey, and tight ends Nick Tow-Arnett and Tiree Eure.
While Kirksey hasn’t gotten any offers, he isn’t surprised his friend got the chance to continue his dream of playing in the NFL.
“They got him working,” Kirksey said. “They say the key to getting on the team when you first coming in, because you’re not going to automatically start, but the key to getting in is special teams. And they got him on just about all the special teams. A.J.’s big, fast. He’s agile. He used to be a running back, so with the pounds he been working it. He picked up a lot of weight, but he can still run like a horse. They really liking him. I look over every now and then and see him doing some good things. Coach’s been saying his name.”
Jacobs, who played all four years at Minnesota and finished his senior season with 26 tackles, six tackles for loss and one sack, was just thankful for another chance.
“I have a great opportunity to play ball,” Jacobs said. “I’ve been playing ball for as long as I can remember, so it’s a great opportunity to keep playing.”