The Vikings announced the signing of wide receiver
Sinkfield originally joined the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in April 2013 and spent time with two other teams – Green Bay and Buffalo – before being waived by the Giants on Aug. 25, 2013. Since then, Sinkfield has been playing in the Canadian Football League, most recently for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. In 2014, Sinkfield helped lead the Tiger-Cats to a Grey Cup appearance. During the season, he recorded 69 catches for 1,030 yards and six touchdowns while adding 132 rushing yards on 28 carries.
Here are five things to know about Sinkfield:
1. Sinkfield has speed
Although he didn’t receive an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine, Sinkfield turned plenty of heads at the University of Minnesota Pro Day on March 4, 2013, when his 40-yard dash was manually clocked at 4.19 seconds.
Sinkfield’s time has been debated. Vikings college scout Scott Studwell, who also timed Sinkfield at the Pro Day, told the Pioneer Press at the time that the receiver did not break the 4.3 mark.
As reference, two-time Super Bowl champion and eight-time Pro Bowl cornerback Deion Sanders ran a 4.27 40-yard dash at the 1989 NFL Combine. Cardinals running back Chris Johnson holds the official record with a 4.24 at the 2008 Combine.
Although the exact time is disputed, there’s no denying Sinkfield’s speed.
2. University of Northern Iowa alum
As a senior at Northern Iowa, Sinkfield recorded 43 catches for 499 yards and four touchdowns.
In Northern Iowa’s history, 32 alumni have gone on to the NFL, including former defensive tackle James Jones, former cornerback Benny Sapp and former quarterback Kurt Warner and Cardinals rookie David Johnson. Sapp played for the Vikings in 2008-09 and for part of the 2011 season.
3. Vikings connection
Prior to the Pro Day dash, Sinkfield trained under former Vikings assistant strength and conditioning coach Mark Ellis, who later co-founded GameSpeed Sports Academy in Eden Prairie with former Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson. Ellis studied a handful of the fastest 40s ever recorded at the NFL Combine and worked with Sinkfield’s technique to further enhance the receiver’s natural ability.
4. Not the first
Sinkfield will not be the first CFL player to join the Vikings roster in recent years. Wide receiver Emmanuel Arceneaux had a brief stint with Minnesota in 2011, before spending time with Washington and the New York Jets. Arceneaux joined the BC Lions of the CFL in 2013. Linebacker Brian Peters, cornerback Jalil Carter and defensive end Caesar Rayford spent the 2015 offseason and training camp with the Vikings after playing in the CFL.
5. Hometown proud
Born on Dec. 10, 1990, Sinkfield is a native of Minnetonka, Minnesota. Heattended Hopkins High School, where he played running back before changing to wide receiver for his college career. While at Hopkins, Sinkfield received an Honorable Mention listing on the 2008 AP Minnesota All-State Team.