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Vikings Sign LB Devante Downs to Active Roster,…

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Vikings Sign LB Devante Downs to Active Roster,...



Eagan, Minn. (September 14, 2019) – The Minnesota Vikings announce the following roster moves:

SIGNED TO ACTIVE ROSTER FROM PRACTICE SQUAD:

Devante Downs…………… LB………….. R……………………… California

Mark Fields………………… CB………….. R………………………. Clemson

LB Devante Downs was signed to the practice squad following the 2019 preseason games on roster cut day. Downs played in 11 games as a rookie, compiling 4 special teams tackles.

Devante Downs Player Bio:

OFF THE FIELD Attended Kyle Rudolph’s Thanksgiving Holiday Huddle at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital in November of 2018…Earned degree in legal studies at California.

PRO Appeared in 11 games during his rookie season. Selected in the 7th round (#219) in the 2018 NFL Draft…The 9th player drafted by the Vikings out of California, 3rd LB.

2018 Saw action in 11 games during his rookie season, totaling 4 special teams tackles…Appeared on special teams vs. Chicago (12/30) and at Detroit (12/23)…Inactive vs. Miami (12/16)…Contributed on special teams at Seattle (12/10)…Inactive at New England (12/2)…Made 1 ST tackle vs. Green Bay (11/25)…Appeared on special teams at Chicago (11/18)…Wrapped up 1 ST tackle vs. Detroit (11/4)…Recorded 1st 2 ST tackles of his career vs. New Orleans (10/28)..Inactive Weeks 5-7…Active Weeks 2-4, appearing on special teams…Made his NFL debut against San Francisco (9/9), contributing on special teams.

COLLEGE Appeared in 40 career games, starting 20…Finished his career with 212 tackles, 14.5 TFL, 8.0 sacks, and 2 INTs…Despite missing the last half of the season he earned Cal’s Bear Backers Defensive MVP and earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors as a senior…2nd on the team in tackles with 65…Named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week twice in the 1st 3 weeks of the 2017 season, both after victories over UNC and Ole Miss…Posted a career-high and game-high-tying 14 tackles, 3 TFL and 2.0 sacks against Ole Miss (9/2)…Recorded a game-high 13 tackles and an INT returned for a career-high 39 yards…Tallied 5 tackles, 1.0 sack, 1 TFL, 1 FR, and 1 FF against Weber State…(9/9)…Led the Bears and posted a career-high 84 tackles in 2016…Registered 14 tackles against Stanford (11/19)…Forced 4 turnovers during his sophomore campaign…Registered his 1st career pick-6 against Grambling State, also led the team in tackles with 6 (9/5)…Led the team in sacks as a freshman with 3.0…Led all freshman in tackles and TFL.

PREP 4-star recruit from Mountlake Terrace HS…Selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl following his senior year but was unable to due to injury…Rushed for 1,271 yards and 24 TDs during his junior campaign, adding 63 tackles, 17 TFL and 7.0 sacks…AP Washington Class 3A All-State honorable mention as a RB…3A Wesco South All-League offensive and defensive teams…Led his team to the postseason for the 2nd and 3rd times in school history in 2011 and 2012…Led Wesco South League with 19 rushing TDs as a freshman.

https://www.vikings.com/news/vikings-sign-lb-devante-downs-to-active-roster-waive-cb-mark-fields

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