The Vikings placed rookie free-agent quarterback Kyle Wright on waivers today, bringing their roster to 80 players. Wright was signed as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Miami following this spring's NFL Draft.
The decision to release Wright indicates the Vikings will go to training camp with four quarterbacks - Tarvaris Jackson, Gus Frerotte, Brooks Bollinger and rookie fourth-round pick John David Booty.
The move would seem to signal satisfaction with the progress and long-range potential of Booty, but also serves as at least a temporary vote of confidence in veteran backup Brooks Bollinger.
For practical purposes, going to camp with five quarterbacks cuts down on the number of reps for the players you're likely to count on for the upcoming season, and most likely they want to make sure veteran Gus Frerotte gets enough snaps to be comfortable in Minnesota's version of the West Coast Offense.
Booty will also get more reps now than with five quarterbacks in camp. Bollinger remains an insurance policy.
Wright has enough physical ability to latch on with someone else and even compete for at least a practice squad spot with someone. But for now at least, head coach Brad Childress was still not comfortable with departing with the experience Bollinger offers.
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