The Minnesota Vikings announced Friday that they’ve promoted DL Hercules Mata’afa to their active roster, signed CB Dylan Mabin off of the Raiders’ practice squad and placed CB Mark Fields on injured reserve.
It’s worth mentioning that the NFL changed the rules regarding injured reserve for the 2020 season and players can return from the list in just three weeks.
Mabin, 23, wound up going undrafted out of Fordham back in April of last year. He later agreed to a three-year, $1.755 million contract with the Raiders.
Unfortunately, Mabin was waived coming out of the preseason. The Raiders did, however, re-signed him to their practice squad after clearing waivers. He re-signed on a futures deal for 2020 and once again found a spot on the practice squad.
During his college career at Fordham, Mabin recorded 149 tackles, one interception, two forced fumbles, a recovery and 40 passes defended over the course of four seasons and 42 games.
Mata’afa, 25, originally signed on with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent out of Washington State back in 2018. He was waived with an injury designation his rookie season and reverted to injured reserve.
Minnesota signed him to their practice squad at the start of the season and he’s been on and off of their roster this season.
In 2020, Mata’afa has appeared in four games and recorded three tackles and no sacks.
During his college career at Washington State, Mata’afa recorded 121 tackles, 45.5 tackles for a loss, 21 sacks, three forced fumbles, and two recoveries over the course of 34 games.