Jun 19, 2012; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Childs (85) gets ready for drills at Vikings Minicamp at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Childs Gets Try Out With Jacksonville Jaguars

It didn’t work out in Minnesota for Greg Childs, but the former fourth round draft pick is getting another chance to make an NFL squad after landing a try out with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Childs story is well known. He was a highly regarded receiving prospect at Arkansas before knee injuries caused his draft stock to tumble. The Vikings took a chance on him with one of their three fourth rounders in 2012, drafting him 39 picks after taking his Arkansas teammate Jarius Wright.

Childs came in with few expectations, just hoping to prove that he could play after all the injury problems. Unfortunately, the injury bug again bit Childs. A devastating double patella tendon tear ended his training camp and landed him on IR.

Despite fighting hard to get back, Childs was unable to play at all in 2013. The Vikings finally elected to move on from him in early 2014, cutting him ahead of free agency.

Childs’ future was very much cast into doubt after the Vikings released him, but now Jacksonville has come calling, at least offering him a chance to make the 90 man roster and go into training camp.

Everyone I think is rooting for Childs to catch on in Jacksonville. But with his injury history, it’s very hard to hard to imagine him ever putting together an NFL career. He obviously isn’t ready to give up yet and I truly hope he makes it happen this time.

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  • 3kolu

    I really hoped that the Vikings would’ve let Childs’ situation play out. We still could use a big, fast, athletic WR for Teddy to throw to.

  • Daniel Laxen

    I too wanted this young man to be a Viking. He thrilled in his 1st traing camp before those horrific injuries. When he stuck through all the rehab stuff I was thinking welll good he’s going to be OK. Then really out of nowhere he’s released and all I can think of is why did they do this to just release him? Some of the more intricate thinkgs we’ll never know about, I suppose? Business is business!

  • MikeH123

    Spielman needed an X WR but he had other priorities in the early rounds of the draft. So he signed Jerome Simposn and took a chance in the 4th round on Greg Childs, who had shown he was good before a serious injury. Now the Vikings still don’t have an X WR besides Simpson (who is in trouble again). The lesson is you get what you pay for. There are no free lunches. If you want a starter you better draft him early. I wonder if the Vikings even think they need a true deep threat considering their noodle-armed QBs.