The Minnesota Vikings have made their first round of cuts on Monday, letting go of 13 total players. Among those in the group is Lawrence Jackson, a defensive end that was picked up by the team in April.
Jackson spent his last three seasons with the Detroit Lions. After having career bests of 34 total tackles and six sacks in 2010, he was never able to bring his game back to that level in the next two seasons.
Ben Goessling of ESPN explains why Jackson was in a tough spot to make it on the Vikings.
Had he shown more explosiveness as a pass rusher, the Vikings might have been tempted to keep him around, but there are few places tougher to get on the field for the Vikings than at defensive end. Jared Allen and Brian Robison will claim most of the snaps, and Everson Griffen — who had eight sacks last year — can spell either end while moving inside on passing downs.
Jackson posted on his Twitter account just a few hours ago, presumably around the same time the defensive end received the news. He made his thoughts pretty clear in seven words.
It always comes down to the numbers…
— Lawrence Jackson (@LoJackson94) August 26, 2013
The 27-year-old defensive end was a first-round pick by the Seattle Seahawks back in 2008, where he spent two seasons.
Here are the other 12 players that didn’t make the cut:
- WR LaMark Brown
- WR Erik Highsmith
- OG Tyler Holmes
- DE Marquis Jackson
- LB Stanford Keglar
- DB Greg McCoy
- RB Bradley Randle
- WR Chris Summers
- QB James Vandenberg
- C Camden Wentz
- RB Jerodis Williams
- DB Roderick Williams