The Minnesota Vikings have reportedly picked up another linebacker, signing Justin Jackson off waivers from the Detroit Lions.
Jackson had been with the Lions since May after signing as a UDFA out of Wake Forest. He was cut on Sunday after playing in both of the team’s first two preseason games, notching two tackles in 27 snaps.
The 6-0, 232 pound Jackson was once listed as one of college football’s 20 most freakish athletes by CBSSports.com’s Bruce Feldman, who noted that Jackson has been timed at 4.44 in the 40 with a 10-8 broad jump.
Jackson did spend a couple of months with the Lions so this could be one of those shady deals where you sign a player off a rival team and pick his brain for intelligence. Or the Vikings could have genuine interest in the athletic Jackson.
The Vikings’ linebacker picture has been somewhat muddled this offseason with multiple players competing for both starting and backup roles. Jackson’s speed and agility could make him an intriguing option as a blitzing SLB/DE in Mike Zimmer’s system.