A seventh-round pick out of Vanderbilt by the New England Patriots, Welch signed with the Vikings' practice squad after being waived by the Patriots before the start of the regular season. To keep Welch, the Vikings have been paying him an elevated practice squad salary. ($6,000 per week, $800 above the minimum)
Welch will replace second-round cornerback Chris Cook, who was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury.
"I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious."