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Vikings sign ex-Gophers returner Stoudermire and a quarterback-turned-cornerback

Minnesota wide receiver Troy Stoudermire Jr. (11) steps in the end zone for a touchdown pass in front of South Dakota's Aaron Swift (26), Shane Potter (8) and Alphonso Valdez (12) during the second quarter of an NCAA football game Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)

After a tryout this weekend, former University of Minnesota return man Troy Stoudermire is now a member of the Vikings.

Stoudermire and cornerback Tre Roberson signed contracts on Monday, the team announced. The offseason roster is now at its 90-man limit. The Vikings held one open roster spot after agreeing to terms with 10 undrafted free agents last week, but cornerback Eric Rawls did not sign, which created another opening.

Stoudermire, 25, played both receiver and defensive back for the Gophers, settling in as a cornerback and impact kick returner. He went undrafted in 2013 and spent part of that summer with the Bengals, while Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was still Cincinnati’s defensive coordinator. Following his release, Stoudermire (5-10, 199) went to Canada and has played for both the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He’s listed as a receiver for the Vikings.

Stoudermire broke the NCAA record for career kickoff return yardage (3,615) in December 2012.

Roberson, 23, is a converted college quarterback who went undrafted this spring. He played for both Indiana and Illinois State, throwing for nearly 5,500 yards and 48 touchdowns in his final two seasons for the FCS’s Redbirds. Roberson (6-0, 205) reportedly worked out as a receiver and defensive back for teams leading up to last month’s NFL Draft. He’ll play cornerback for the Vikings.

  • Gordon Guffey

    Roberson, who is 23 (6-0, 205) cornerback sounds like someone who might make a great PS player at worse ~ Stoudermire sounds like another camp body ~ But at this time of the year who knows ~

  • pzebich

    Why would they sign a return guy unless they plan to let Patterson go?

    • Super K

      Ummm…he’s not going to make the final 53 – practice squad at best

  • fritzdahmus

    Stoudermire, for those Gopher fans out there, know of him as one of the best players on those terrible Gopher teams before Jerry Kill (Eric Decker was also on the team…and Adam Weber, Marquis Gray). That picture above was a Gopher’s loss to South Dakota! Stoudermire caught the eye of Zimmer at Cinncy….he was a very noticeable DB, WR, and return man. Hope he makes it. He is a better overall football player than Patterson right now.

  • Frank

    Bye bye Patterson!





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