EAGAN, Minn -- The Vikings have been open in looking to Minnesotans to help fill the roster, whether they be native Minnesotans or those coming from Minnesota colleges. Add another to the list as the Vikings signed former Gophers cornerback Jalen Myrick to the practice squad on Wednesday.
Myrick, 23, played in five games with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season after being a seventh-round draft pick from the University of Minnesota. He returned one kickoff for 18 yards in limited action. Myrick was with Jacksonville in training camp and the preseason, including the joint scrimmages with the Vikings prior to the two team's preseason game, before being among the Jaguar's final cuts.
Minnesota placed safety Jack Tocho on the practice squad/injured list to make room for Myrick. Tocho was a seventh-round draft pick by the Vikings last season.
Myrick was a cornerback and special teams contributor for Jacksonville.
When he was with the Gophers, Myrick had a 93 tackles, eight tackles for loss, 21 passes defended, two fumble recovers and five interceptions in 40 career games. Myrick went to Minnesota from Bloomingdale, Georgia. He was an All-Big Ten honorable mention pick in 2015.