The Minnesota Vikings needed a punt returner after Chad Beebe was injured. The team fill the void by bring back a familiar face Marcus Sherels.
Chad Beebe had a ligament injury in his ankle and would be out a few weeks. The Minnesota Vikings found themselves in trouble this week after receiving the news. Although Laquon Treadwell surprisely returned and filled the receiver spot, the Vikings still needed to find out somebody to replace their punt returner spot occupied by Beebe.
On Tuesday afternoon the Vikings opted to sign with a familiar face – Marcus Sherels who completely recover from his knee injury last October.
For the past nine years Sherels had been a main player for the Vikings. He went aboard from the University of Minnesota as an undrafted free agent. Although a special teamer for the Vikings giving him a productive career, the 30-year-old player made his most notable mark in a position of a punt returner.
During nine years play for the Vikings, Sherels owned an average of 10.6 yards per return (ranked first in franchise history among those with a minimum of 74 returns) and five career touchdowns (first in franchise history) and has make franchise record on punt returns. Mike Zimmer and his staff have to use himafter each training camp because he is a tremendous asset, the great gunner of the kick coverage teams.
Sherels signed a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints last spring but last season he was also the Vikings’ Pro Bowl alternate. During training camp he got an injury, an injury settlement waived Sherels who will kick coverage units and add a jolt to the Vikings return.
Depending on the severity of Beebe’s injury, The Vikings decided to call back a solid veteran who can fill a void on the team. Minnesota native, the Rochester, has returned home to join his hometown team.