Vikings Add Two New Players

By Adam Roberts – 5/18/2021

As everyone’s eyes and ears remain focused on the Packers and Aaron Rodgers, the Vikings are quietly adding a couple of players to the roster.

Minnesota has announced it has signed tackle Evin Ksiezarczyk and veteran cornerback Parry Nickerson. Ksiezarczyk earned a deal after his performance on a tryout in rookie minicamp, while Nickerson has bounced around the league since being drafted by the Jets in the sixth round in 2018.

The Vikings’ website lists Ksiezarczyk at 6’6″ 311 lbs. He played college for the Buffalo Bulls, primarily on special teams before becoming the starting left tackle between 2017 and 2019. Thanks in part to a stout offensive line, the Bulls rushed for a school record 3,256 yards in ’19 and Kseizarczyk was named All-MAC First Team.

Meanwhile, Nickerson actually started against the Vikings with the Jets in 2018, recording seven tackles including one for a loss. He also has playing time with the Packers, though he was inactive for week one last year against Minnesota and only played two snaps on special teams for Green Bay in their regular season loss at Tampa Bay before suffering a season-ending hamstring injury.

Minnesota’s first OTAs start up May 24th at their state-of-the-art practice facility. Notably for both Green Bay and Minnesota, the players’ association has been pushing hard for players to steer clear of voluntary off-season workouts this year. Each team’s minicamp in June is mandatory attendance.