Vikings Bring Back Veteran RB Myles Gaskin Ahead of Week 2



Last week, the Vikings made the decision to release veteran RB Myles Gaskin.

The release came with a caveat that they would bring him back to the 53-man roster following Week 1. This was to avoid the RB’s contract becoming fully guaranteed for the season.

Ben Goessling of The Star Tribune explained the move, “The #Vikings released Myles Gaskin today, but the move is procedural. He’s expected to be back on the practice squad tomorrow, and elevated to the active roster on Sunday.” Goessling goes on: “Veterans on the active roster for Week 1 have their salaries guaranteed for the season, so releasing Gaskin is likely to avoid the guarantee.”

Nov 28, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Myles Gaskin (37) celebrates with wide receiver Albert Wilson (2) after scoring a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the second period at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Following the release, Gaskin joined the Vikings practice squad ahead of Week 1. Now, on Tuesday morning, the Vikings have formally re-signed the running back to their 53-man roster where he presumably will remain for the rest of the 2023 season.

Vikings Bring Back RB Myles Gaskin

Vikings Bring Back RB Myles Gaskin
Jan 2, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Myles Gaskin (37) runs the ball against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

The Vikings themselves posted on X (formerly Twitter), “The #Vikings have signed RB Myles Gaskin to the 53-man roster and signed WR Lucky Jackson to the practice squad.”

Gaskin has spent the four years of his NFL career with the Miami Dolphins, who selected him in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Over the course of his time with the Dolphins, the RB appeared in 38 games and made 17 starts.

In those games, Gaskin totaled 361 carries for 1355 yards and 7 rushing TDs. He also added 101 receptions for 701 yards and 6 receiving TDs. The RB spent his first three seasons playing for current Vikings defensive coordinator Brian Flores from 2019-2021.

Nov 28, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Myles Gaskin (37) carries the football into the end zone for a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the third period at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

The RB didn’t get much of an opportunity in Miami during 2022 as he was buried behind Raheem Mostert, Chase Edmonds, and Jeff Wilson by the end of the season.

Now, Gaskin can continue to be a veteran security blanket for Minnesota’s top two running backs, Alexander Mattison and Ty Chandler. In Week 1, the Vikings rushed for just 41 yards on 17 carries, averaging just 2.4 yards per carry.

With a Thursday night matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles looming, the Vikings will need to be much more efficient in the running game in order to come away with an upset win.

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho and managing editor of PurplePTSD.com. When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys running, gaming, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. Check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.





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