As OTAs and training camp get under way, several sleeper prospects will hit the open market via cuts and waivers. That’s the case with Miguel Maysonet, who was waived on Sunday by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Even with Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart set as the Vikings’ top two running backs, Minnesota is still searching for a capable No. 3 who can serve in a situational role. Matt Asiata filled that role in 2012 and is back with the Vikings, while undrafted rookies Joe Banyard, Bradley Randle and Jerodis Williams were signed to provide competition. Still, the addition of Maysonet couldn’t hurt.
With Maysonet, the Vikings would be getting a quick, agile runner who uses his instincts and a well-rounded physical approach to pick up yards. While he isn’t quite a power back or speedster, Maysonet possesses enough of both to excel no matter the situation. He has a low center of gravity, which allows his violent running style to pack a punch against even some of the bigger linebackers he faces.
What really makes Maysonet special, though, is his vision and patience when finding a hole. After getting the handoff, Maysonet sits back and waits for a hole to open, and then explodes through it once it presents itself. He can get skinny through small gaps and then bursts into the second level. Finishing his senior season with almost 2,000 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns is a testament to how productive of a running back Maysonet can be.
Even though he went undrafted and was then waived by the Eagles, Maysonet still has plenty to offer a team like the Vikings. He’s not much of a receiving threat out of the backfield (18 career catches at Stony Brook), but has the talent to develop into an NFL-caliber ball-carrier.
Claiming Maysonet off of waivers is a low-risk, high-reward move for the Vikings. They need some extra depth at running back, and the Stony Brook product has the upside to warrant at least a practice squad spot.