Vikings Claim Packers Playoff Goat Brandon Bostick Off Waivers


Load up the Green Bay West jokes, the Vikings have picked up another former Packer. But this is one player Packer fans might be glad to see end up on the Vikings.

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Brandon Bostick gained the wrong kind of notoriety when he helped scuttle the Packers’ Super Bowl hopes by failing to hold on to a Seattle onside kick that was ultimately recovered by the Seahawks on their way to a stunning come-from-behind victory over the Packers in the NFC title game.

Yesterday Green Bay did the merciful thing and cut Bostick. Today the Vikings gave the Packers’ goat a second chance by claiming him off waivers.

Bostick will forever be known as the guy who should have let Jordy Nelson recover that onside kick, but before that he was actually thought of as an interesting tight end prospect. His career numbers aren’t that impressive: 9 catches for 123 yards and 2 TDs in three seasons.

The Packers were hoping the 6-3, 250-pound Bostick would develop into a replacement for Jermichael Finley, but obviously that did not happen. The Vikings aren’t expecting quite that much from Bostick, but are simply looking for more backup options at the tight end position.

Last year Minnesota saw Kyle Rudolph go down with injury, and saw Chase Ford emerge as a pretty good backup. They also saw Rhett Ellison continue to grow as a blocker and occasional receiver. All three will be in the mix again in 2015.

It remains to be seen what Bostick’s actual role might be on the Vikings. His first task is to prove he has enough value for them to keep him around through training camp.

Hopefully he’s learned his lesson about what to do on onside kicks. Packer fans are probably snickering a little at this pickup. We’re hoping he gets a chance at revenge.

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