Rookie Running Back Roc Thomas Looks to Earn Roster Spot

August 14, 2018 12:23 PM

If the Vikings awarded roster spots just by names, Roc Thomas would be a lock to secure the job as their third running back. But the coaching staff will let the play on the practice field and preseason games decide who gets that spot.

Judging by his preseason debut, Thomas might be able to win the job that way, too. Thomas caught three passes for a 102 yards out of the backfield and scored two touchdowns on Saturday night against the Denver Broncos. His biggest play of the game was taking a screen pass from Trevor Siemian that went 78 yards for a touchdown. Extra patience on the play paid off.


"At the beginning of camp I wasn't patient at all," Thomas said on Monday. "I was running up their backs and wasn't letting the blocks get developed. Coach talked to me and told me to slow down and gather my steps."

Thomas is an undrafted rookie out of Jacksonville State who's competing with Mack Brown and Mike Boone for the Vikings' third running back spot behind Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray.



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