Promising Young Viking Starts Summer on Inactive List

Jul 27, 2022; Eagan, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman James Lynch (92) performs a drill at TCO Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

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July 27, 2022; Eagan, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman James Lynch (92) performs a drill at the TCO Performance Center. Mandatory credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

It was a busy Monday for the Minnesota Vikings to start training camp week.

The club signed two players, TE Colin Thompson and OG Zack Snyder, while waiving WR Malik Knowles.

Promising young Viking started summer on inactive list

Plus, Minnesota retained undrafted free-agent edge rusher Andre Carter II Physically unable to perform (PUP) List,

November 26, 2022; Amherst, Massachusetts, USA; Army Black Knights outside linebacker Andre Carter II (34) practices before a game against the Massachusetts Minutemen at Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium. Mandatory credit: Danny Wilde-USA TODAY Sports.

Carter II is now on the shelf indefinitely and will miss Vikings training camp and an undetermined portion of the preseason. Minnesota made headlines in late April by signing the UDFA.

nfl network Tom Pelissero tweeted About Carter II after the draft, “One of the biggest commitments ever made for a drafted free agent: Vikings signed former Army major Andre Carter II to a deal that includes a $40,000 signing bonus and $300K base salary guaranteed. It’s a sign he believes Carter can make the active roster.

With a substantial amount of cash guaranteed for the UDFA, Carter II appears to be in the driver’s seat as part of the Vikings’ future. Otherwise, the signing bonus and base salary would have been lower, and Carter II’s trajectory would have been ‘just another guy’.

November 12, 2022; Troy, Alabama, USA; Army Black Knights outside linebacker Andre Carter II (34) during the second half against the Troy Trojans at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Mandatory credit: Danny Wilde-USA TODAY Sports.

Carter II, like his freshman teammate and linebacker Evan Pace Jr., was projected as a fourth- or fifth-round prospect during the lead-up to the 2023 NFL Draft, but both men missed out on formal draft picks. Instead, they became the Vikings via draft free agency.

The young defender averaged 14.5 sacks in 12 games at Army in 2021.

September 17, 2022; West Point, New York, USA; Army Black Knights linebacker Andre Carter II (34) tackles Villanova Wildcats running back DeVille Barley (28) during the second half at Michie Stadium. Mandatory credit: Danny Wilde-USA TODAY Sports.

The general consensus on Carter II’s lack of draft attention was a bit mystified, but most believed that his size – or perceived leanness – discouraged general managers from pursuing him. His strength as an NFL pass rusher may be in need of an increase, although Army moved Carter II to full defense.

The Black Knight also drew attention to Bruce Feldman. Famous Weird List Going to draft. Feldman wrote of Carter II, “What a gem Army found in Carter at Connecticut’s Cheshire Academy, a two-star tight end prospect at the time. Now a 6-7, 260-pound senior and with a 6-10 wingspan, Carter accumulated 18.5 TFLs, 15.5 sacks and four forced fumbles in 2021.”

December 10, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Army Black Knights outside linebacker Andre Carter II (34) reacts after playing against the Navy Midshipmen during the first half of the 123rd Army-Navy Game at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory credit: Danny Wilde-USA TODAY Sports.

With Carter II replaced in training camp, the Vikings defense is likely to draw attention to reserve edge rushers such as Luigi Villain, Benton Whitley and Curtis Weaver, in addition to Daniel Hunter (who may not appear in camp), Marcus Davenport, DJ Wonum and Patrick Jones II. The club parted ways with 2022 defensive coordinator Ed Donatelle in January and hired Brian Flores in February to lead the new defense.

The nature of Carter II’s injury was not immediately known.

dustin baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube channel, vikesnow, He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinney, which airs every Wednesday raun sah And Sal Masala, His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. List of guilty pleasures: Peanut butter ice cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Bassett Hounds, and The Doors (band).

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