37 players set to try out for the Vikings this weekend
By Adam Patrick
Rookie minicamp begins for the Minnesota Vikings on Friday and the team has released a list of all the players that will be participating.
With this year’s NFL Draft now over, the Minnesota Vikings will shift their focus on getting their roster set for the start of training camp.
After adding 12 prospects in the draft and signing 10 more undrafted free agents, the Vikings’ current roster includes a total of 89 players. Minnesota is allowed to have up to 90 guys on their roster until the start of the regular season.
The Vikings will likely reach their roster limit following this weekend’s rookie minicamp though. The three-day event begins on Friday and will take place at Minnesota’s TCO Performance Center.
Taking part in the minicamp will be 30 players who already have a spot on the Vikings’ roster and 37 more who will be hoping to earn the team’s final opening.
Among the 30 players who currently have a spot on Minnesota’s roster are a few guys who spent time with the organization last season. Wide receiver Jeff Badet, defensive tackle Curtis Cothran, offensive lineman Storm Norton, and offensive tackle Adam Bisnowaty all spent at least a portion of 2018 as a member of the Vikings.
Of the 37 players who will be trying out, two of them will be kickers. Former Concordia-St. Paul kicker Jonas Schenderlein and former Kentucky kicker Austin MacGinnis will be attempting to make Minnesota’s roster and add some more competition for Dan Bailey during training camp later this summer.
The brother of current Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs will also be trying out for the team over the next three days. Mar’Sean Diggs went undrafted this year as a safety out of UAB.
Rookie minicamp is where star Minnesota receiver Adam Thielen made his first impression on the organization and eventually landed a spot on the team. For many of the players participating in this weekend’s practice sessions, they will be hoping to follow in Thielen’s footsteps.