The Minnesota Vikings add Arizona Football standout WR Cayleb Jones to practice squad

December 29, 2016

The NFL’s Minnesota Vikings came calling, and Cayleb Jones answered their call.

Arizona Football fans pull for their Cats in the pro’s sometimes like no other fan base, so when news like this comes along, we have to share it will you. Now fans will be keeping an eye out for the newest Minnesota Viking, former Wildcat WR, Cayleb Jones.

We got word yesterday through Twitter that Jones signed up to play wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings practice squad according to the Vikings website. CBS Sports reports Jones was, “signed after the promotion of running back C.J. Ham, who was signed to the active roster following rookie cornerback Mackensie Alexander ‘s placement on Injured Reserve.”

Injuries come far too often in the NFL to players of all positions. Just last week the league received crushing news when they lost two quarterbacks to broken fibulae: Tennessee Titans and former Oregon Duck Marcus Mariota and the Oakland Raiders domino Derek Carr.

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    Oakland has been on a tear of late, and are viable contenders for the Superbowl, so this could be a huge blow, but opportunities come when players get injured. Former Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin, 27 years young, will get his opportunity to take over for Carr. Jones will also now get a chance, starting out on the Vikings practice roster.

    Last we saw the 6-foot-2 209 pound Jones, he was playing for the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2016 offseason and preseason. The Eagles released Jones due to a hamstring injury. Before his injury, Jones was projected to be a major contender for a starting spot on the Eagles roster.

    Before his stint with the Eagles, the 23-year-old NFL rookie racked up 14 touchdowns in just two seasons recording 1,926 receiving yards. Jones ranks 10th in Arizona history in passes caught (129) and receiving yards (1926).

    Receiving & Rushing Table
    Year School Conf Class Pos G Rec Yds Avg TD
    *2014 Arizona Pac-12 SO WR 14 73 1019 14.0 9
    *2015 Arizona Pac-12 JR WR 13 56 907 16.2 5
    Career Arizona 129 1926 14.9 14

    Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
    Generated 12/29/2016.

    Cayleb and his family have always been great supporters of Zona Zealots, and we have always enjoyed covering and cheering for our Wildcat. We couldn’t be happier for this young talented athlete and wish the newest Viking a ton of success in purple and gold. BearDown Cayleb!