Vikings promote TE Kyle Carter from practice squad

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All three of the tight ends on the Vikings’ active roster were dealing with injuries this week, which led to speculation that the team would make a move to add a healthy body before Sunday’s game against the Bengals.

The Vikings did exactly that on Friday. The team announced that Kyle Carter has been promoted from the practice squad. Carter spent the last two summers with the Vikings, but this is his first time on a 53-man roster.

He’ll take the spot of Blake Bell, who was placed on injured reserve after missing practice this week with a shoulder injury. Bell had three catches for 19 yards while seeing time in all 13 games this season.

The Vikings have also been without Kyle Rudolph at practice as the starter deals with an ankle injury that forced him to the bench late in last Sunday’s loss to the Panthers. David Morgan has been practicing, but has yet to receive final clearance from the concussion protocol.

6 responses to “Vikings promote TE Kyle Carter from practice squad

  1. It’s very possible that Carter will be the only healthy tight end this week. Rather than throwing a practice squad guy out there for 50-60 plays, I’d guess that the Vikings will have Michael Floyd or Laquon Treadwell line up at the tight end position and run the routes Rudolph normally would. Treadwell has always been known for his great run blocking (moreso than his pass receiving) so he wouldn’t make a bad substitute tight end.

  2. In Teddy We Trust says:
    December 15, 2017 at 12:14 pm
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    Good call. Both Treadwell and Floyd would be solid contributors at TE for a short time.

    I also think the Vikings might call more two back plays with Ham being utilised as a receiver.

  3. Actually, Ham will probably do a lot of the blocking that would ordinarily be done by a tight end. I’m starting to wonder if not having a tight end is more of a disadvantage for the Vikings or for the Bengals. It will be harder to scheme against personnel groupings when you don’t know what each player is going to do. Not really a viable strategy for the long term but for this game I think they’ll be just fine.

    I might add that Thielen could have 200 yards this week after seeing what Kendall Wright did last week and all the injuries in the Bengals’ secondary.

  4. Would be nice to have a TE because they affect the running game. Treadwell and Floyd can’t block DEs or OLBs effectively.

    With a banged up OL the Cincy pass rush will cause problems. They’re pretty good.

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