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Vikings Sign Ahmad Dixon to Practice Squad, Release Mike Remmers

In the second practice squad move in two days, the Minnesota Vikings signed safety Ahmad Dixon and released tackle Mike Remmers to make room for Dixon.

This gives the Vikings five safeties on the roster and practice squad: Harrison Smith, Robert Blanton, Andrew Sendejo, Antone Exum and Dixon.

It leaves the Vikes with four offensive tackles (five if you count Vlad Ducasse as a tackle).

Dixon was drafted in the seventh round this year by Dallas. After being cut to make room for fellow safety C.J. Spillman, the Cowboys surprisingly did not sign him to their practice squad.

Dixon attended college at Baylor. He is billed as a hard hitter, and lived up to that billing in the preseason with several bone-crunching demolitions of offensive players. Dixon is a superb tackler and takes good routes to the ball, but pass coverage is his weakness. Ball skills are almost nonexistent; he had only four interceptions in three starting seasons at Baylor.

Dixon’s reminiscent of Jamarca Sanford, in that his tackling ability is a strength but he lacks in coverage. For both, their forte in special teams. Special teams is how Ahmad Dixon will get his chance in the NFL, maybe with the Vikings. I wouldn’t be surprised if he became the next Larry Dean, playing exclusively on special teams.

Last September, Dixon was arrested on assault charges after allegedly punching another man in the head repeatedly. He was cleared of the charges in December.


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