The Vikings knew they needed some more guys to compete behind their top four corners Chris Cook, Xavier Rhodes, Josh Robinson and A.J. Jefferson. So in the offseason they brought in Jacob Lacey, formerly of the Detroit Lions, hoping he would lock down the backup slot corner job – maybe even the punt return job – and help usher Marcus Sherels out the door.
Unfortunately it just didn’t work out for Lacey in Minnesota. He got behind the eight ball right away by tearing up his thumb in OTAs and being forced to have surgery. He managed to make it back for camp and looked on track to compete for a roster spot, but then his knee got messed up. Lacey never did make it back on the practice field and never saw a snap in either of the first two preseason games. On Monday the Vikings ceased prolonging the inevitable and cut Jacob Lacey.
Who knows if Lacey would ever have gotten himself physically right. Maybe with a little more time he would’ve gotten back out there and shown what he can do. But with the emergence of Bobby Felder as a legit option at punt returner and backup slot corner, the Vikes didn’t feel the need to wait on Lacey.
The move to cut Lacey clarifies the whole cornerback situation. Those top four guys are still there, and now Felder has emerged as the logical #5. If the Vikings keep six corners look for Brandon Burton to lock down that sixth spot. Marcus Sherels? Nice knowing you kid.