Two days before the beginning of 2012 training camp, the Minnesota Vikings made some minor adjustments to the backend of their offensive line depth chart.
The first adjustment came in the form of re-signing former Harvard offensive tackle Kevin Murphy. An undrafted rookie, Murphy was originally signed by the San Francisco 49ers after failing to hear his name called during the 2012 NFL Draft. It wasn’t long before the 49ers waived him, however.
After being waived, Murphy was claimed by the Vikings back in May. His time in Minnesota came to a quick end, though, after he failed to pass a physical and was subsequently released. There were rumors that Murphy was ill after the draft, but has since recovered and should be ready to go once training camp gets under way.
Now back in Minnesota, Murphy will provide the Vikings with another camp body along the offensive line. He’ll join other hog mollies such as Patrick Brown, DeMarcus Love, Tyler Holmes and Levi Horn in the battle for one of the Vikings’ backup tackle spots.
To make space on the 90-man training camp roster, the Vikings waived offensive tackle Darrion Weems. The big-framed blocker went undrafted out of Oregon and was immediately signed by the Vikings once the draft came to a close. Although he was considered a promising prospect, the Vikings didn’t see enough in Weems to keep him around.
The Vikings will need all of the help they can get this preseason as they venture deeper into their rebuilding project. Murphy is a promising raw talent who fits the bill for a team that’s looking to get younger.