On Thursday, the Minnesota Vikings waived tight end Allen Reisner to make room on the roster for wide receiver Jerome Simpson. Two days later, the Vikings re-signed Reisner to the practice squad.
The Vikings received a roster exemption for Simpson, who was serving a three-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. That exemption, however, expired on Thursday, September 27, forcing the team to open up a roster spot by waiving Reisner.
After going undrafted out of Iowa in 2011, Reisner landed a practice squad spot with the Vikings following an impressive preseason showing. Throughout his rookie campaign, he bounced back and forth between the active roster and practice squad, playing in six games.
During those six appearances, Reisner made his impact on special teams. He did, however, haul in one reception for five yards during the limited amount of offensive snaps he received.
This past preseason, Reisner again showed promise in both the receiving and blocking departments. Throughout four games, he notched seven catches for 89 yards and did an exceptional job of battening down the hatches in the running game.
Reisner appeared in all of the Vikings’ first three 2012 regular season games, but only saw action as a special teamer.
Despite the Vikings’ depth at the tight end spot, they appear set on keeping Reisner around. With great size and ever-improving abilities as a receiver, the former Hawkeye brings depth and versatility to the table. Even with players like Kyle Rudolph, John Carlson and Rhett Ellison ahead of him on the depth chart, the Vikings see enough potential in the youngster to hold onto him.
In order to make space on the practice squad, the Vikings waived guard Tyler Holmes. An undrafted rookie out of Tulane, Holmes showed enough during the preseason to warrant a practice squad spot, but appears to have hit the end of his road in Minnesota.