The Vikings’ move to waive Lestar Jean with the injured designation put them under the 90 man limit, but they weren’t under the limit for very long. Adam Caplan reports that Minnesota has filled the roster vacancy by picking up former Cleveland Browns WR Josh Cooper.
The 5-10 Cooper was signed by Cleveland as a UDFA in 2012 after playing his college ball with Brandon Weeden at Oklahoma State. He played in 6 games his rookie season, catching 8 balls for 106 yards. He played in 5 games in 2013, catching 9 balls for 60 yards.
Cooper was impressive enough late last season to become the Browns’ #2 receiver behind Josh Gordon, catching a career-high five passes in 8 targets Week 17 against Pittsburgh. The Browns nevertheless decided to cut him this offseason.
In Minnesota, Cooper will be reunited with former Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Cooper has operated mainly as a slot receiver in the past. He will compete with the likes of Kain Colter, Rodney Smith and Adam Thielen for a spot on the Vikings.