The Vikings Signed a Veteran Slot Corner

Aug 27, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Chicago Bears cornerback Duke Shelley (20) walks off the field after the game between the Bears and the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings have added another defensive back to an already deep area of their roster. On Tuesday afternoon, the Vikings signed veteran corner Duke Shelley onto the practice squad, and they also reached an injury settlement with DL T.Y. McGill and released him of IR. McGill was one of the preseason stars for Minnesota prior to leaving the finale with the injury. He recorded 3.5 sacks through the first two games.

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As for Shelley, he was drafted in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears after playing his college ball at Kansas State. Over the first three years of his career in Chicago, he saw his role increasingly grow larger each season. In 2021, Shelley started four games and recorded career highs in tackles (37) and pass defenses (3).

This is the second former sixth-round cornerback that the Vikings have added to their practice squad in the past week. Last week, they also signed Tay Gowan, who was waived by the Philadelphia Eagles. However, Gowan has played exclusively as an outside CB throughout his collegiate and early NFL career, limiting his potential impact for the 2022 season unless there are significant injuries in the secondary.

Shelley could be a more impactful player for this current Vikings roster, though. He has largely been a slot cornerback throughout his career, and the only other true slot corner on the roster right now is Chandon Sullivan, although rookie Akayleb Evans has played there at times as well. There have been some concerns with the depth at slot corner, so the Vikings signed another veteran with experience to potentially fix that problem.

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