Vikings Replace Booty with OT Oldenburg

The Minnesota Vikings have dropped quarterback John David Booty from their practice squad, according to Vikings .com.

Booty was drafted in the fifth round in 2008 and considered a project. He seemed to have an outstanding off season, but didn’t show the progress the Vikings had hoped for and didn’t make the 53-man roster this year. Booty wasn’t claimed on waivers by another team and signed with the Vikings practice squad.

There were questions about his arm strength coming out of the draft and whether he could make all the throws necessary at the NFL level, particularly the deep out and he wasn’t able to ease those concerns.

“We roll guys through the practice squad,” coach Brad Childress said. “Fact is, we needed another o-lineman to practice. I’m not going to rule out bringing him (Booty) back.”

Booty was replaced on the practice squad by tackle Clint Oldenburg, who was most recently on the Denver Broncos’ roster after being drafted by New England in 2007. Oldenburg is listed at 6’5″ and 300 lbs. and played college ball at Colorado State.

Booty did not appear in any regular-season games for the Vikings, who were already stocked at the position with veterans Brett Favre, Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson. Booty was a star in college at Southern California while playing for Pete Carroll.

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3 Responses to “Vikings Replace Booty with OT Oldenburg”

  1. bigjohnny84 says:

    We haven’t been able to get a good look at Booty from a fans point of view. But the coaches get to see him every day so they are obviously not real impressed.

  2. c.carterhof says:

    Theres a joke in that statement somewhere bigj.

  3. bigjohnny84 says:

    CC, I’m just not sure about Booty. I don’t know the answer. I’m not a fan or a skeptic, I just don’t know. I’m hoping our coaches know more than me.

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