Sherels makes final roster cut
Marcus Sherels of Rochester has made the Minnesota Vikings' final roster.
The Vikings announced their final roster on Friday night when they cut 22 players to reach the mandatory 53-man limit.
Sherels is one of six cornerbacks on the team. The John Marshall graduate, who played at the University of Minnesota, is on the roster for the second straight season. Last year he was the team's top punt returner, a job he could hold again this season, and a backup defensive back.
Sherels averaged 8.4 yards a return on 33 punts a year ago. He also averaged 27.8 yards on 16 kickoffs. His best punt return was 53 yards and his longest kickoff was 78 yards.
Sherels, who also plays on punt and kickoff coverage, had 27 total tackles in 2011, 21 of which were solos. He was also with the Vikings for the 2010 season, spending 16 weeks on the practice squad before being signed to the 53-man roster for the final regular season game.
He did not play in the final preseason game this year because of a sprained ankle.