Allen Reisner was a big UDFA Cinderella story this preseason, rising from nobody status to claim a spot on the 53-man roster after Saturday’s cut-downs. But that was Saturday – today is Sunday, and Allen Reisner is no longer a member of the 53-man roster, having been waived by the Vikings to clear room for newly-signed LB Xavier Adibi. A day after the excitement of seemingly making an NFL roster, Reisner finds himself in limbo waiting to see if he will be claimed by another team or clear waivers and land on the Vikings’ practice squad.
Such is the life of a fringe NFL player. But despair not for Mr. Reisner: He has shown enough talent in his short time with the Vikings to warrant a longer look somewhere down the road, either from Minnesota or someone else. For now, the Vikings feel they need the extra linebacker depth more than the tight end depth. As things stand this minute, the Vikings have three tight ends on the roster and six linebackers. And no fullbacks.
Three tight ends and no fullbacks? If that isn’t a break from the Brad Childress era, I don’t know what is.