Extended visit: Vikings kept Bridgewater for extra 2 days
Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater worked out for the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday and stuck around for an extended visit with the team through Monday.
The multi-day trip is the latest signal from the Vikings that quarterback is again a priority in the 2014 draft. The Vikings pick eighth overall and the 2012 Big East Offensive Player of the Year could still be available. He had a below-average showing at his March 17 pro day in Louisville with Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman present.
Spielman said in February that the Vikings are taking a very close look at the position despite investing in multiple passers in recent years.
Minnesota re-signed quarterback Matt Cassell to a two-year contract in March, but 2011 first-round pick Christian Ponder could be traded or released. The 12th overall pick has been inconsistent in two-plus seasons as a starter.
Before drafting Ponder, the Vikings last invested a first-round pick in a quarterback when they selected Daunte Culpepper with the 11th overall pick in 1999.
Bridgewater is the top pro-style quarterback in the draft. With the Cardinals, he operated under center and out of the shotgun. Offensive coordinator Norv Turneroffered one of very few positive reviews of Bridgewater’s on-campus workout, saying he was “pretty good.”
Fresno State’s Derek Carr and Eastern Illinois’ Jimmy Garroppolo are options for theVikings if they choose to move back in the draft or follow Spielman’s recent history of trading back into the first round for multiple picks. The Vikings dealt back into the first round each of the past two years, adding wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (29th overall) last year and safety Harrison Smith (29th) in 2012.
Vikings sign TE Reisner;
OL Samuda injured
The Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday signed tight end Allen Reisner, who rejoins the team after spending the final week of the 2012 season and the entire 2013 season with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Originally signed by the Vikings as a rookie free agent in 2011, Reisner joined the Jaguars after being signed off the Vikings’ practice squad on Dec. 24, 2012.
In 15 career appearances, Reisner has caught seven passes for 58 yards. Reisner has made three career starts, all coming during the 2013 season.
Meanwhile, offensive lineman Josh Samuda fractured and dislocated his ankle during Tuesday’s voluntary workout, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported. Surgery is scheduled for Wednesday.
Samuda played for the Miami Dolphins in 2012 but did not play last season. He will likely spend the season on injured reserve.