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The Vikings entered the day with two open roster spots. One was created by releasing John Reed, a journeyman cornerback, and the other was briefly open due to junior signings. A defensive lineman out of France does not count against the 90-man roster. The International Pathway program allows international players to join rosters without any negative ramifications for teams.
The Vikings Signed Their Second Player Of The Day
Minnesota tried out nine players on Sunday and signed some of those nine on Monday. The arrival of Collin Thompson was publicized first, and now offensive guard Zack Snyder is the second addition to the roster – the team also waived wide receiver Malik Knowles which leaves the Vikings at 90 players once again. Novices and some veterans arrived on Sunday and the rest of the veterans joined on Tuesday.
Snyder’s signing was first reported Aaron Wilson on Twitter. The San Diego State product spent a long time in college, six years to be exact, playing football five of them. He broke school records for most games played (56) and most starts (51) and in 2021 was part of a strong pass-blocking unit that allowed only 21 sacks on 402 pass attempts. Interestingly, San Diego State is also Kevin O’Connell’s alma mater.
The lineman spent a brief stint with the Los Angeles Rams in 2022 after going undrafted and then entered the XFL Draft, in which he entered as the first overall offensive lineman. The Houston Roughnecks made the selection, and he appeared in nine games for them in 2023.
Synder has experience playing both guard and tackle, a valuable asset. Teams value flexible linemen, and that could help him land a role with the Purple Team.
Si.com Snyder was viewed as an interesting backup offensive lineman in his pre-draft process:
A physically limited technician, Zack Snyder’s appeal to NFL teams will likely lie in his versatility, movement skills and experience. The San Jose State tackle has the skills to serve as a backup at any offensive line position. That said, their respective lengths, core strengths and power profiles will hinder them at the next level. Still, his ability to play along the line will make him immediately roster eligible while he develops into an interesting swing option.
At the end of the day, his making noise is still unlikely as the team has returned every single one of its 2022 linemen. Christian Derrissau and Brian O’Neal will continue to play at offensive tackle and Garrett Bradbury, Ezra Cleveland and Ed Ingram are still favorites to start in Week 1, though fans would have liked the Vikings to address the interior of the offensive line after their quarterback Kirk Cousins is the most-hitting QB in the NFL in 2022.
Backup jobs are where things could get interesting, and Snyder has a chance. Ollie Udoh apparently moved to guard, making Wedrean Lowe and Blake Brandel the top two options at backup tackle. Udoh will compete with Chris Reid and Austin Schlotman for interior backup spots. The Vikings also added Allen Ali, Josh Sokol, Jackie Chan and Sam Schlueter to the offensive line.
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