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Vikings continue to fill roster, sign Iowa State RB Alexander Robinson

Vikings continue to fill roster, sign Iowa State RB Alexander Robinson

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- A day after flunking one undrafted rookie halfback on his physical, the Minnesota Vikings signed another.

Alexander Robinson, a Minneapolis native and the fourth-leading rusher in Iowa State history, told's Dan Tracy in a text message on Thursday afternoon that he had just signed with the Vikings.

"I'm very excited about it, and being able to have my support system and everyone so close to me will be great," Robinson said.

The Vikings announced the signing about two hours later, along with the addition of another undrafted rookie, former North Carolina tight end Ed Barham, and the releases of three players.

Robinson (5-foot-9, 187 pounds) ran for 3,309 yards on 705 carries (4.7 average) and 27 touchdowns with the Cyclones. He also caught 83 passes, contributed in the return game, finished with 4,114 all-purpose yards and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds at his campus workout.

The New York Giants had asked him to try out this weekend, Robinson said, and he planned to fly there on Thursday before the Vikings called.

The Vikings needed to sign another running back for camp after flunking Kentucky's Derrick Locke on his physical. Locke signed with the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday.

Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart are locked in as the Vikings' top two backs. But Lorenzo Booker, a late-season addition in 2010, is the only other veteran on the roster.

"Obviously with (Peterson) and the other guys there, it's a great opportunity for me," Robinson said. "Hopefully, I can just do what I need to do at camp and find a spot."

The Vikings have now signed 16 undrafted rookies. Including two restricted free agents who received tenders, three unrestricted free agents who have agreed to terms and 10 unsigned draft pick, the roster stands at 79 players. 

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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