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Mon, 29 Aug 2005 17:01:48 -0700
Vikings.com reports the Minnesota Vikings have released OT Rian Melander.
Wed, 27 Jul 2005 06:15:50 -0700
David McCoy, of the Minnesota Daily, reports Minnesota Vikings rookie free agent OT Rian Melander is giving it his all to make the team's final roster. "I feel pretty confident," Melander said. "The reason is, they didn't take any other tackles in the draft and they took me and another guy (as) free agent(s). So I think I'm sitting at a pretty good spot right now." The Vikings have four players listed at tackle on their roster besides Melander behind their starting two offensive tackles. Vikings offensive coordinator Steve Loney said Melander has good reason to be confident about making the cut. "So many things can change, but our numbers are such that we don't have to cut a lot of offensive linemen," Loney said. "And you still have practice squad guys, so I don't think his enthusiasm for that is misplaced at all." The 6-foot-7-inch Melander also increased his size, bulking up from 287 pounds at the end of college to 308 around the time of the draft. He's currently listed at 295. One of his former college coaches thinks his weight may be his downfall. He feels Melander may be a little undersized.
Sun, 24 Apr 2005 20:08:34 -0700
Tom Pelissero, of KFAN.com, reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed undrafted rookie free agent OT Rian Melander (Minnesota).
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