It always pays to try.
The Minnesota Vikings announced Monday that they have signed four players who were invited to rookie minicamp on tryouts last week.
Receiver Chad Beebe, corner Craig James, fullback Johnny Stanton and linebacker Brett Taylor were added to the roster.
The Vikings roster now stands at 90 players.
Per Vikings PR, here is some background information on each player:
Beebe played in 44 games at Northern Illinois and led the team in 2017 with a 14.9 yards per reception average. The Buffalo, New York native totaled 64 receptions for 930 yards and 3 TDs during his collegiate career. He also contributed as a return man and ranks in the top-10 in program history in punt returns (48) and punt return yards (329).
James finished out his college career at Southern Illinois, earning Mountain Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer Team honors in 2016, after two years at the University of Minnesota (2014-15). In 2017, he recorded two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery while accumulating 37 total tackles.
Stanton, a quarterback in college, will transition to fullback with the Vikings. The Las Vegas native attended Nebraska out of high school before transferring to Saddleback College and eventually ending his career at UNLV. He earned junior college All-America honors while at Saddleback and helped the team to the California Community College Football Coaches Association State Championship game.
Taylor earned back-to-back All-American honors while finishing his career at Western Illinois and was named Phil Steele’s FCS Defensive Player of the Year. He led the Leathernecks with 162 total tackles in 2017 while racking up 13 TFL and 1.5 sacks.
The #Vikings have signed WR Chad Beebe, CB Craig James, FB Johnny Stanton and LB Brett Taylor following last weekend's rookie minicamp.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) May 7, 2018