The Vikings have re-issued the number once worn by Chuck Foreman. And the rookie who will be wearing it has a chance to leap into the 53-man roster.
Mike Boone, undrafted and uninvited to the Scouting Combine, got the attention of the Vikings due in part to his jumping ability. As in 42 inches. As in 11.5 inches higher than incumbent starter Dalvin Cook from a year ago.
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Mika Zibanejad Elite Jersey Per Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Boone鈥檚 42-inch vertical and his 11-foot broad jump would have been the best among all running backs at the Combine. His 4.45-second 40 and 25 reps in the 225-pound bench would have put him at third at his position in Indianapolis.
The difference maker likely will be special teams. If he can contribute there, Boone will make himself more valuable to the Vikings. In turn, he鈥檒l earn chances eventually to play more like he did in 2015.
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