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Vikings Tentatively Part Ways with Veteran Defender


Vikings Tentatively Part Ways with Veteran Defender
Jun 12, 2018; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Jullian Taylor. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports.

On the same day the Minnesota Vikings parted ways with wide receiver Albert Wilson, the team also waived defensive tackle Jullian Taylor.

The Vikings released Taylor with an injury designation, meaning, in all likelihood, he’ll clear NFL waivers and revert back to Minnesota while recovering from injury in 2022.

Taylor joined the Vikings as a free agent in April, a forecasted reclamation project for a player with ties to Minnesota’s general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah. The 49ers drafted Taylor the same day the Vikings drafted kicker Daniel Carlson in 2018.

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Julian Taylor

When Minnesota released its first unofficial depth chart before the preseason, Taylor was relegated to the bottom of the DE section, nearing DE7 status. In that regard, his ascent to possibly make the 53-man roster was a longshot.

A 7th-Round draft pick from Temple four years ago, Taylor is a hybrid-type defensive end and defensive tackle who last played in the NFL during the 2019 season — the year San Francisco reached the Super Bowl. But he tore his ACL on December 28, 2019, and never played again for the 49ers. Last year, he signed with the Tennesse Titans but was waived three months later, before training camp began — eerily similar to this Vikings stint.

Little is known about the extent of his injury. Taylor will presumably eye 2023 as the next chapter for his comeback.

Sep 16, 2018; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead (91) pass rushes against San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Jullian Taylor. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports.

This is how the Vikings DEs stand after the Taylor transaction:

  • DE1: Dalvin Tomlinson
  • DE2: Armon Watts
  • DE3: Jonathan Bullard
  • DE4: James Lynch
  • DE5: Jaylen Twyman
  • DE6: Esezi Otomewo

In two seasons with the 49ers, Taylor played 203 defensive snaps.

The Vikings are on deck to release about four more players on Tuesday as all NFL rosters must reduce to 85 men.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).

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