EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings announced Saturday that they have added Mark Fields to the roster after acquiring the cornerback in a trade with Kansas City.
Fields has spent the past few months with the Kansas City Chiefs after joining the organization as an undrafted rookie free agent this spring.
Here are five things to know about Fields:
1. An NFL rookie
Fields is entering his first season in the NFL after playing college football at Clemson.
Fields tied for the ninth-fastest time in the 40-yard dash at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine, completing the sprint in 4.37 seconds.
He played in each of Kansas City’s four preseason games, registering 112 defensive snaps and 14 snaps on special teams. The 22-year-old also recorded eight total tackles and a pass breakup in preseason play.
View photos of the Vikings 53-man roster for the 2019 season.
2. NFL pedigree
Fields’ father, also named Mark, played nine seasons in the NFL as a linebacker for the Saints, Rams and Panthers. According to pro-football-reference.com, Fields recorded 755 total tackles to go along with five interceptions, nine forced fumbles and eight fumble recoveries in his career, which began when he was selected 13th overall by New Orleans in the 1995 NFL Draft.
The elder Fields teamed with Irv Smith, Sr., the father of the Vikings rookie tight end, for three seasons with the Saints. He missed the entire 2003 season after he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease. He returned for the 2004 season and played in the Pro Bowl, but he retired after learning the disease had returned.
3. College stats at Clemson
Fields played in 48 career games with six starts at Clemson. He recorded 45 total tackles, five tackles for loss and a sack.
He also had one career interception, which he returned 42 yards for a touchdown against Boston College. Fields also tallied 13 total pass breakups.
Fields helped Clemson win national titles in 2016 and 2018.
4. Among fellow Tigers
Fields will see come familiar faces in the Vikings secondary. He teamed with Mackensie Alexander and Jayron Kearse at Clemson in 2015 when Fields was a freshman for the Tigers.
5. High school star
Fields played at William Amos Hough High School, where he became the first player in school history to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
He was one of the top recruits in North Carolina. Field recorded five interceptions in his final two seasons of high school.