Vikings defensive tackle has recovered from multiple gunshot wounds

(Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports) Jaylen Twyman
(Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports) Jaylen Twyman /

Defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman missed last season after being shot four times but is expected to be ready for offseason drills with the Minnesota Vikings.

It was absolutely tragic news when it was revealed that sixth-round draft pick Jaylen Twyman was shot four times last June, forcing him to miss his entire rookie season with the Minnesota Vikings. After seeing how passionate he was about being selected and being able to help his family, it was a horrific event that put a damper on an otherwise uplifting story.

Thankfully, being shot four times didn’t end his NFL story and it sounds as though the 6’2, 290-pound defensive lineman will be ready for offseason drills this season and able to fight for a place on the team’s roster in 2022.

According to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press, Twyman’s agent Drew Rosenhaus texted that his client has fully healed from his injuries and is expected to participate in team drills this offseason.

What does this mean for the Minnesota Vikings?

When it comes to depth, there might not be a position more loaded for the Vikings than defensive tackle. They have Dalvin Tomlinson returning from being a starter last season but also have high-potential backups from last year in Armon Watts and James Lynch.

Minnesota was also busy signing players this offseason and have inked deals with two defensive tackles this offseason, signing former Bills standout Harrison Phillips and former 49ers defender Jullian Taylor.

It will be a challenge for Jaylen Twyman to make the 53 man roster this season, but he doesn’t seem like the kind of person to get discouraged. He will continue to fight to be successful, even if that means landing on the team’s practice squad while he hones his craft.

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It is an amazing story that still needs a storybook ending. Hopefully, Jaylen Twyman can continue to overcome hardships to have a good career in the NFL and prove that his feisty style of play can help the Minnesota Vikings going forward.