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5 Things to Know About New Vikings DE Jonah Williams

DE Jonah Williams
DE Jonah Williams

11/4/21 update: The team Waived/Failed Physical DE Jonah Williams.

EAGAN, Minn. – The Vikings have added an edge rusher to their defense, the team announced Wednesday.

Minnesota claimed defensive end Jonah Williams, originally an undrafted rookie with the Rams in 2020, off waivers. The Rams released Williams after trading for former Broncos edge rusher Von Miller.

Williams spent the 2020 campaign on the Rams practice squad and this summer made the team's 53-man roster coming out of training camp. Through eight games this season, he has five tackles. Williams has played 96 of the Rams defensive snaps (17 percent) and 41 special teams snaps (19 percent).

Signing Williams increases depth for the Vikings, who recently added Danielle Hunter to Injured Reserve with a season-ending pectoral injury.

View photos of the Vikings 53-man roster as of Jan. 5, 2022.

Here are five things to know about Williams:

1. Previously played TE

Before transitioning to the defensive side of the ball as a junior at Rocky Mountain High School (Idaho), Williams played tight end. He and his family had moved from Puyallup, Washington, and the Rocky Mountain team was short on defensive linemen.

Williams was moved to defensive end, and the rest is history. As a senior, he started every game and earned all-league and all-state honors.

2. Back in Purple

Williams garnered attention during his collegiate career at Weber State, where he donned a purple-and-white jersey.

As a senior in 2019, he earned All-American honors and was named the Big Sky Defensive MVP. Williams was part of the winningest senior class in school history, claiming three Big Sky titles and making four playoff appearances.

Over 54 games for the Wildcats, Williams recorded 15 sacks, which ranks ninth in school history. He also totaled 194 tackles, 28 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

3. Served Latter-Day Saint mission

Williams graduated high school in 2013 but served a two-year Latter-Day Saint mission in Sao Paulo, Brazil, putting off his enrollment at Weber State until December 2015.

4. Athletic couple

Williams' wife, Kennedy, played volleyball at Weber State. The two were married in 2019, and they recently announced they're expecting a baby boy in May.

5. Earned his degree

Williams graduated from Weber State in December 2019 with a degree in business administration and finance.