Vikings Part Ways with Depth WR

Vikings Part Ways with Depth WR
Dec 4, 2021; Lafayette, LA, USA; Appalachian State Mountaineers wide receiver Thomas Hennigan (5) celebrates during the fourth quarter of the Sun Belt Conference championship game against the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Wevers-USA TODAY Sports

Along with the re-signing of DL Jonathan Bullard, the Minnesota Vikings announced on Tuesday that they would be parting ways with depth WR Thomas Hennigan, who they waived during the morning.

Hennigan joined the Vikings as an undrafted free agent last offseason, a group of UDFA signings that also included OLB Luiji Vilain, but his season ended in training camp when he was waived and later placed on IR on August 17th.

While he is yet to make an impact in the NFL, Hennigan was a star during his collegiate days at Appalachian State. The wide receiver played five seasons with the Mountaineers, and in all, he totaled 242 receptions, 3124 yards, and 23 TDs.

Nov 9, 2019; Columbia, SC, USA; Appalachian State Mountaineers wide receiver Thomas Hennigan (5) tries to elude South Carolina Gamecocks defensive back Cam Smith (9) during the second half at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

In all five years, Appalachian State made bowl game appearances, and they won 10+ games in three of Hennigan’s five seasons.

Hennigan is still only 24 years old, so there is certainly a chance that he can catch on to a team at some point this offseason and make his NFL debut. Without him around, though, and the recent release of Adam Thielen, the Vikings wide receiver room has thinned down to six players:

  • Justin Jefferson
  • K.J. Osborn
  • Jalen Nailor
  • Jalen Reagor
  • Blake Proehl
  • Trishton Jackson

It seems safe to suggest that this group will grow at some point in the next couple months, whether that be through a free agent signing or an early draft pick. The NFL Draft officially gets underway on Thursday, April 27th.

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho with a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys running, gaming, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. Check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.