Danielle Hunter’s replacement, Uber Athletic, has been signed by the Vikings.
Von Miller was dealt to the Los Angeles Rams at the Nov. 2 trade deadline, and the Minnesota Vikings were criticized for passing on him.
The Vikings, on the other hand, may have anticipated that move and recovered what they could from the deal. According to a team report, the Vikings claimed former Rams defensive end Jonah Williams off waivers on Wednesday after he was cut following the Miller deal.
Williams has also been claimed by the Arizona Cardinals and the Los Angeles Chargers, according to ESPN’s Field Yates. The Vikings, on the other hand, had the highest waiver priority and were able to get an uber-athletic replacement for Danielle Hunter’s roster position.
Pioneer Press reporter Chris Tomasson tweeted Wednesday night, “New #Vikings player Jonah Williams is recognized for being a very good athlete and can play various positions on the defensive line.”
Hunter was placed on the injured reserve list on Monday after suffering a season-ending torn pectoral muscle against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 8.
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Jonah Williams, a defensive end, has been claimed off waivers by the #Vikings.
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Background of Williams
Williams was a standout athlete at Weber State and went undrafted in 2020. In his senior season, he had 62 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, and 7.5 sacks, earning him Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year accolades.
Williams has a terrific frame to play interior and edge on the defensive line, standing 6-foot-5 and 275 pounds. However, even as an undrafted prospect, his speed and athleticism have earned him playing time.
At his pro day, Williams ran a 4.67 40-time, which would have placed him third among defensive lineman in the 2020 draft. Hunter’s bench (30 reps), 20-yard shuttle (4.14 seconds), and three-cone drill (6.8 seconds) times were all faster than in 2017.
In 2020, he was promoted to the Rams’ practice squad and saw action this season, recording five pressures and four tackles on 97 defensive snaps. Williams has a 66.3 position grade on Pro Football Focus so far this season.
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