Ryan Connelly joins the Minnesota Vikings a day after being waived by the New York Giants during final cuts on September 5. Connelly spent his rookie season with the Giants in 2019, playing in four games with three starts before suffering a season-ending injury against Washington. In 2019, he collected 20 tackles, 1.0 sack and two interceptions. The Eden Prairie, Minnesota, native was a fifth-round pick (143rd overall) out of Wisconsin by the Giants in the 2019 NFL Draft. He played in 52 career games with 26 starts for the Badgers, accumulating 246 tackles (156 solo), 29.0 tackles for loss, 6.0 sacks, two forced fumbles, two interceptions and seven passes defensed for his career. As a senior in 2018, Connelly was a semifinalist for the Butkus Award (given to the nation's best linebacker) and the Burlsworth Trophy (awarded to the most outstanding FBS college football player who began his career as a walk-on).