Packers poach Vikings' promising tight end

The Green Bay Packers noted the Vikings' interest in undrafted rookie tight end Ben Sims.

A rookie minicamp trial, Sims was signed and completed his first NFL training camp, a feat for any undrafted rookie.

Sims missed the final roster due to a deep tight end room that Minnesota has invested in. He wants back on the practice squad.

Sims was yanked out of a practice-squad candidate meeting at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 30, at the Vikings training facilities. He learned he was going to Green Bay.

“One of our player-staff members said, ‘You just got claimed off waivers. Sims remarked, "You've got to go," in a locker room interview in Green Bay after signing to the 53-man roster Thursday. 

 ‘Where am I going?’ I was coming to Green Bay, he said. So I drove here yesterday with my truck and bags.”

Sims was the only Vikings player waived by Tuesday's roster deadline

His experience illustrates how fluid the NFL is at this time of year, when teams must release nearly half of their 90-man training camp roster and may not bring them back on the practice squad.

Ben Sims, former Vikings tight end, catches a pass in 2023 preseason. Sims ran a sub-4.6 40-yard sprint at the combine at 6-foot-5, 250 pounds. 

The 23-year-old Baylor prospect has the frame and explosiveness to be an NFL run-blocker and pass-catcher, especially in a Packers tight end group full of rookies.On Thursday, September 1, T.J. Hockenson signed a four-year, $66 million deal extension, continuing the NFL's tight end boom.

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