Monday, August 26, 2013
Lawrence Jackson among Vikings' first cuts
By Ben Goessling
The Vikings cut 13 players on Monday evening, mostly trimming undrafted free agents and practice squad holdovers from their roster in advance of Tuesday's initial cutdown deadline. The biggest name on the list of early cuts was defensive end Lawrence Jackson, who signed with the team in April after parting ways with the Lions.
Jackson's best season came in 2010, when he had six sacks for the Lions, and the Vikings signed him in hopes he could provide help as a situational pass-rusher. They gave him 33 snaps in their first preseason game and another 34 in their second, but Jackson only recorded one hit on a quarterback, in the first game against the Texans.
Had he shown more explosiveness as a pass-rusher, the Vikings might have been tempted to keep him around, but there are few places tougher to get on the field for the Vikings than at defensive end. Jared Allen and Brian Robison will claim most of the snaps, and Everson Griffen -- who had eight sacks last year -- can spell either end while moving inside on passing downs. And with other ends still on the roster, like George Johnson and D'Aundre Reed, the Vikings have enough options at the position right now that Jackson was going to have to do more to stick than he did this preseason.