Jan 1, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; UCF Knights quarterback Blake Bortles (5) runs the ball during the fourth quarter against the Baylor Bears at University of Phoenix Stadium during the Fiesta Bowl. The Knights won 52-42. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports
Much has been made of the Vikings’ interest in quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel, both of whom received special attention from the team in the form of private workouts and/or dinner invitations.
Teddy even came to Winter Park for a private workout plus an extended visit, leading some to conclude that Teddy was already a de facto member of the team.
And what of the third member of the media’s consensus trio of top QB propects?
The Vikings haven’t seemed as attentive toward Blake Bortles, a quarterback many believe is the most sound among all this year’s prospects.
Well, make of this what you will, but it doesn’t look like the Vikings have any plans to speak to Bortles or watch him work out again from here until the draft. According to the Pioneer-Mess, the Vikings have seen all they need to see from the UCF QB.
The Vikings will make any further evaluation of Bortles based on tape, and what they saw of him at his previous workouts.
It’s worth noting that, between Bortles, Bridgewater and Manziel, Bortles clearly has the fewest red flags in terms of physical tools and/or character. So he’s probably the one of the three you would need to see/hear the least from before making up your mind.
That seems a reasonable case-closing explanation for why the Vikings would have no further need to contact Bortles in person. But that won’t stop some people from reading into this seeming non-story crapped out by the P-M.