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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - The Minnesota Vikings have lost their two top pass-catching tight ends this season due to injury, but the team is still getting quality play from Chase Ford.

Ford has played well in the absence of both John Carlson (concussion) and Kyle Rudolph (fractured foot).

Ford has six receptions for 90 yards in the last six games, and it's fair to say those numbers will continue in the final two weeks of the season.

"Just to think, we came out of training camp and weren't sure he was going to make our football team, and he ends up on the practice squad," said coach Leslie Frazier. "Now, he's making big contributions for our team."

Frazier says that Ford was seen as a pass receiving tight end when he was signed by the Vikings in the offseason, but Frazier says that he has also improved as a blocker.

"It's a credit to his hard work and the work that (coach) Jimmy Johnson has put in with him on both his blocking and his pass receiving skills," Frazier said.

Ford played his college football at the University of Miami. He was an undrafted free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012.