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Mills, Johnson land jobs; Jets put in claim on Payne

Posted by: under Vikings, Brad Childress, Brad Childress, Vikings training camp Updated: September 6, 2010 - 9:47 AM

Tight end Garrett Mills and running back Ian Johnson have found work with new NFL teams.

Released by the Vikings in final cuts Saturday, Mills has signed with the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad and Johnson signed with the Arizona Cardinals practice squad. Johnson spent 2009 on the Vikings practice unit. Mills, meanwhile, was with the Vikings for three seasons and spent much of last year on the practice squad.

It's interesting that Brad Childress' good friend, Eagles coach Andy Reid, decided to pursue Mills.

Meanwhile, the Jets came close to claiming two Vikings who had been waived this weekend. New York got offensive tackle Patrick Brown and placed him on their 53-man roster. The Vikings had been hoping to sign Brown to the practice squad.

It turns out the Jets also put in a waiver claim on former Gophers wide receiver Logan Payne. However, New York also put in a claim for wide receiver Patrick Turner. When teams put in multiple claims for players at the same position they prioritize which one they want if no other teams in front of them claim the player.

In this case, the Jets put the priority on Turner and got him instead. Payne was then signed to the Vikings practice squad.

The Vikings will conduct their second day of practice today in preparation for Thursday night's regular-season opener against the Saints. In the world of the NFL, this isn't Labor Day for the Vikings but rather it's Thursday.

How so? Well, the Vikings are going by the schedule they would be working under if this were a Sunday game. So Sunday's practice was a lengthy one, conducted as if it was Wednesday; today will be the Thursday practice; and Tuesday will be Friday.

If you're confused, don't worry, things will get back to normal next week.

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