Shaun Prater begins his second stint with the Minnesota Vikings, signing with the club as a free agent. The former Iowa Hawkeye played 18 games for the Vikings in the 2013 and 2014 seasons, including three starts. Prater played in 1 game during the 2015 season with the Indianapolis Colts after he was released by Minnesota during final roster cuts. The Omaha, Neb., native has recorded 6 tackles and 1 INT during his career. In his first career start with the Vikings (vs. PHI. 12/15/13), Prater intercepted a Nick Foles pass and returned it 30 yards. Prater was selected in the fifth round (#156) of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Bengals, where he played for Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer. Prater spent the 2012 season with the Bengals on injured reserve and opened the 2013 campaign with the Philadelphia Eagles before the Vikings acquired him on waivers on 10/23/13.
2014 GP/GS Career GP/GS Playoffs GP/GS
10/0 19/3 (18/3-MIN; 1/0-PHI) 0/0
• Snared 1st career INT in 1st career start vs. Philadelphia (12/15/13), the action coming against his old teammates.
• Grabbed 1 of only 2 INTs thrown by Eagles QB Nick Foles during the 2013 the season.
• Originally drafted in 5th round (#156) of 2012 by Bengals where he played for Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer.
OFF THE FIELD Majored in psychology...Had a twin brother, Shane, who also played football at Iowa...Comes from athletic family, with brothers who also played football at Kansas State and Nebraska-Omaha...Part of state-championship 4x400 relay at Omaha Central High.
PRO Made most of his opportunity with the Vikings, starting 1st career game vs. Philadelphia (12/15/13) and grabbing 1st career INT in the game...Began NFL career as a draft pick by Cincinnati in 2012 where he played under Mike Zimmer, who served as Bengals Defensive Coordinator...Joined Vikings during Week 8 of 2013 as Vikings prepared to play Green Bay...Saw action in 1 game for Eagles in 2013, suiting up vs. Kansas City (9/19/13)...Spent 2012 on Bengals injured reserve after suffering knee injury during training camp practice...Originally selected in 5th round of 2012 Draft by Cincinnati (#156 overall).
2014 Appeared in a career-high 10 games with the Vikings...Contributed on special teams where he was credited with 2 tackles on the season.
2013 Had productive end to season by starting the final 3 contests...Helped key upset win over visiting Eagles in his 1st career start vs. Philadelphia (12/15)...Facing old Philadelphia teammates, he snared 1 of only 2 INTs by QB Nick Foles on the season, returning the INT 30 yards...Had season-high 3 tackles in win vs. Detroit (12/29), the final game played at Mall of America Field...Had season-best 3 PDs against old Bengals teammates at Cincinnati (12/22)...Played in 1st game with Vikings at Dallas (11/3)...Joined Vikings on 10/23 after being claimed off waivers...Claimed off waivers by Eagles following his release from Cincinnati, joining Philadelphia on 9/1...Saw 1st NFL game action vs. Kansas City on Thursday Night Football with the Eagles...Inactive for other games he was with Eagles...Went to training camp and through preseason with Cincinnati before his release in final roster cuts on 8/31.
2012 Placed on injured reserve after suffering knee injury during training camp...Did not play in preseason for Bengals...Placed on IR on 8/24...Selected in 5th round (#156 overall).
COLLEGE Started his final 35 games at Iowa..Scored on a pair of INT returns during career...Notched 7 INTs...Named 1st-Team All-Big Ten by coaches as a senior...Scored on an 89-yard INT return as a senior against Tennessee Tech, the 5th-longest in Hawkeye history...Scored on 34-yard INT return against Penn State as a junior...Had career-high 10 tackles in a pair of games.
PREP Named 1st-Team All-State as a senior at Omaha Central and honorable mention as a junior...Part of state title-winning 4x400 relay team.