The Vikings are adding Texas-El Paso assistant Robert Rodriguez and Mercyhurst quarterbacks coach Andrew Janocko to their staff.
Rodriguez, 33, will be an assistant to defensive line coach Andre Patterson. Rodriguez replaces Robb Akey, who joined the Redskins last month.
Rodriguez played linebacker at UTEP and is among the school’s all-time leaders in tackles. He spent time with the Panthers and Titans in 2005 but never played in a regular-season NFL game. He had stints in NFL Europe in 2006 and the CFL in 2006-07 before getting into coaching.
He joined UTEP’s staff as an assistant in 2008 and was promoted to linebackers coach in 2010. The past two years he was nickels coach and assistant special teams coordinator.
Janocko, 26, will be offensive quality control coach. He was at Mercyhurst last season after working as an offensive assistant for Tampa Bay (2012-13) and as a graduate assistant at Rutgers (2011). He was a backup Pitt quarterback from 2007-10.
Jennings thanks fans
On Monday morning, two days after the Vikings released him after acquiring fellow wide receiver Mike Wallace, Greg Jennings made his first comments via Twitter.
In that post, Jennings said he and the Vikings parted ways “amicably.” He also said that his family will continue to make its home in Minneapolis and that his charity, the Greg Jennings Foundation, still will be committed to children in the Twin Cities.