Eagan – Vikings S Anthony Harris has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Atlanta in Week 1.
Harris had a career game versus the Falcons, intercepting a pair of Matt Ryan passes that led to two touchdowns by the Vikings.
The Chesterfield, Virginia, native also recovered his third-career fumble in the second quarter that resulted in a scoring drive by Minnesota. Overall, Minnesota scored 21 points off Harris’ takeaways, sealing the Vikings’ 28-12 win on Kickoff Weekend. He tallied five tackles (three solo) and three passes defensed against the Falcons altogether.
Harris’ four interceptions since Week 11 of the 2018 season are tied for most in the NFL while his two interceptions to start 2019 are tops in the league.
The NFC Player of the Week award is the first of Harris’ career, and the fifth by a Vikings defensive back under Head Coach Mike Zimmer. The Vikings have now had an NFC Player of the Week in four consecutive season openers.
Vikings Bring Back Offensive Lineman Brett Jones
EAGAN — The Vikings on Tuesday announced they have re-signed center Brett Jones, who was waived last week when Minnesota added receiver Josh Doctson.
The Canada native is returning to a Minnesota team that he originally joined via a trade with the Giants in the summer of 2018.
Jones backed up rookie center Garrett Bradbury throughout this preseason. He has 17 career starts in 44 regular-season NFL games, including three of 14 played for Minnesota in 2018, and garnered high marks from analytics site Pro Football Focus during this year’s exhibition slate.
To make room for Jones, the Vikings waived undrafted rookie tight end Brandon Dillon.
The Vikings also released kicker Chase McLaughlin from the practice squad