The Vikings added a wide receiver and return specialist to Jalen Regor’s roster.
Minnesota acquires Reagor from Philadelphia in trade announced Wednesday.
To keep the final roster at 53, the Vikings waived receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette.
Reagor will be joined by Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, KJ Osborn and Jalen Nailor in Vikings’ spacious room.
Minnesota keeps six receivers on the 2021 roster; in 2020, the Vikings kept seven, and they kept four last season.
Here are five things to know about Vikings’ new receiver:
Rigo was originally selected by the Hawks with the 21st overall pick in 2020. The former Texas Christian standout was drafted by Philadelphia before the Vikings selected Justin Jefferson with the 22nd overall pick.
In two seasons with the Hawks, Rigg had 62 catches for 676 yards and three touchdowns. He’s also serving as the team’s primary punt returner in 2021, averaging 7.3 yards per return.
Reagor’s 227 total punt return yards last season was eighth in the NFL.
Reagor is the third Horned Frog on Minnesota’s 2022 active roster, joining Vikings center/back Austin Schlottmann and defensive linebacker Ross Blacklock buyout tuesday through trade.
TCU has 3 players selected in the top 40 in 2020 and they are all on the Vikings roster: Black Lock, Riggle and cornerback Jeff Gladney, who unfortunately passed away A car accident in June.
NFL football is in Reag’s blood.
The catcher’s father, Montae Regor, is a former defensive tackle who played nine seasons in the NFL with the Broncos (1999-2002), Colts (2003-06) and Eagles (2007).
In 2006, Monte Rigor was involved in a car accident on his way to a Colts game against Washington. He suffered a fractured orbital bone and had 35 stitches in the back of his head.
Monty was placed on the injury reserve, and the Colts terminated his contract that spring due to a serious injury. However, he went on to sign with the Eagles and played seven games on the way to the Ed Block Courage Award.
4. Playing for the former Lions
Regor grew up in Waxahachie, Texas, where he starred in football and track and field at Waxahachie High School.
The talented athlete played for NFL quarterback head coach Jon Kitna from 1997-2011. Vikings fans will be particularly familiar with Keithner’s 2006-08 season, during which he served as quarterback for the division rival Lions.
Under Kitna’s leadership, Regor completed consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons as a junior and senior.
As of Aug. 31, Regor was one of nine players on Minnesota’s active roster who grew up in Texas.
He joins CB Akayleb Evans (McKinney, TX), RB Kene Nwangwu (Frisco), CB Kris Boyd (Gilmer), Schlottmann (Brenham), G Ed Ingram (DeSoto) , DL James Lynch (Boulder) and OLB Danielle Hunter (Katie).
Regor’s hometown of Waxahachie is just 18 miles from Ingram’s.