Former Vikings CB Hops Onto the Texans Practice Squad

Feb 2, 2023; Houston, TX, USA; A detail shot of a Houston Texans helmet prior to a press conference introducing Demeco Ryans as head coach at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

Following a season in which the Houston Texans finished just 3-13-1 last year and landed the No. 2 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, they came into this new season with very low expectations on their shoulders.

Even with the low expectations, they’ve already equaled their win total from year ago with rookie QB C.J. Stroud, and it took them just six games.

Ahead of their Week 8 game against the Carolina Panthers, Houston decided to make a move regarding their practice squad, signing former Vikings CB Kris Boyd.

Former Vikings CB Hops Onto the Texans Practice Squad

Dec 9, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive back Kris Boyd (29) celebrates during the third quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Wilson of KPRC2 reported the signing on Thursday night, tweeting, “Source: #Texans signing former University of Texas @TexasFootball and #Vikings corner Kris Boyd to practice squad @KPRC2.”

Boyd was selected as a seventh-round draft pick by the Vikings back in 2019, and he appeared in 58 games for Minnesota over his four years there, including six starts.

In 2020 alone, he made five of those starts because of injuries that ravaged Minnesota’s secondary throughout the year. During that season, he recorded 34 tackles, a tackle for loss, 2 passes defended, and a forced fumble.

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Dec 11, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions linebacker Josh Woods (51) and Minnesota Vikings cornerback Kris Boyd (29) talk before the game at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports

The CB has always been a special teams fiend, though, and over the past few years, this is where the majority of his snaps have come. Last year with the Vikings, he played just 37 snaps on defense but had 403 snaps with the special teams group. He had a key forced fumble during Minnesota’s win over the New Orleans Saints in Week 4.

Boyd left the Vikings this offseason when his contract expired, opting to sign with the Arizona Cardinals. The fifth-year pro played each of the first four games this season for Arizona, and he made his impact felt exclusively on special teams, appearing in 63 snaps with the group.

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Sep 24, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals General Manager Monti Ossenfort celebrates with cornerback Kris Boyd (29) after beating the Dallas Cowboysat State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

However, Boyd was released by Arizona following their Week 4 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, and he had been on the hunt for a new team ever since before signing this new deal.

Boyd now joins a Texans team that houses Steven Nelson, Shaquill Griffin, Ka’dar Hollman, Tavierre Thomas, and Grayland Arnold at the CB position on their 53-man roster.