Vikings Training Camp - Sherels

Rochester native Marcus Sherels will play for the New Orleans Saints this season after spending the first nine years of his NFL career with the Minnesota Vikings. Sherels owns nearly every punt-return record in Vikings history.

The Miami Dolphins have signed cornerback/returner Marcus Sherels and running back De'Lance Turner, while rookie wide receiver Preston Williams (knee) was placed on injured reserve.

Multiple reports say Williams tore an ACL in Sunday's win over the New York Jets.

Sherels, a Rochester John Marshall graduate, played in 123 games (six starts) for the Minnesota Vikings from 2010-19 with most of his action on special teams.

He returned five punts for touchdowns and averaged 10.5 yards on 237 returns and also averaged 25.2 yards on 54 kickoff returns. He had 72 tackles, two fumble recoveries, one interception and one forced fumble on defense.

The Vikings did not re-sign Sherels after last season. He went to training camp with New Orleans. He was re-signed by Minnesota on Sept. 24 after punt returner and receiver Chad Beebe was placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury. In three games, Sherrels returned six punts for a 5.5-yard average.

He was released by the Vikings on Oct. 22, two days after second-year cornerback Mike Hughes replaced Sherels as the punt returner in a 42-30 victory against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.

Sherels, 32, is the leading punt returner in Vikings history with 2,480 yards. He has a career average of 10.5 yards per return.

Dolphins coach Brian Flores said Wednesday that the team liked Sherels’ poise and his decade of experience in the NFL.

“We just felt like we needed another set of good hands out there,” Flores said. “(Sherels) is a good player who has been productive in the league for a long time.”

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