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Vikings sign former Maryland WR Jacob Copeland, waive WR Cephus Johnson III

On Monday morning, the Minnesota Vikings announced that they’ve signed former wide receiver Jacob Copeland from Maryland and Florida. As a result, they’ve waived another wide receiver, Cephus Johnson III, to accommodate this addition.

Copeland, 24, went undrafted in the 2023 NFL Draft and signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent. He was waived by Tennessee earlier this month and participated in a tryout on Sunday at Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center.

After playing only one season with the Terrapins, Copeland led the squad with an average of 14.5 yards per reception. He totaled 26 receptions for 376 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games.

He also finished the season with a PFF grade of 71.5, with his best game coming against Charlotte, where he finished with a 93.3 PFF grade. He ended the game with four receptions for 110 yards and two touchdowns, along with recording 27.5 yards per reception.

Prior to transferring to Maryland, he spent four years in the SEC at Florida from 2018-2021. He redshirted his freshman season after playing just one game. However, his performance showed a consistent upswing. He started with 273 yards and two touchdowns in 2019, followed by 435 yards and three touchdowns in 2020. Yet, his standout year unfolded in 2021 when he tallied 41 receptions, 642 yards, and four touchdowns.

It remains uncertain whether Copeland will secure a spot on the roster or simply serve as another body in the training camp. Regardless of the outcome, he will join arguably the team’s deepest group in recent memory, adding to the competition to the room.


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