Of the 34 players that the Minnesota Vikings had in their rookie tryout camp over the weekend, at this point they've chosen to sign. . .one. He's a wide receiver, and his name is not Duron Carter.
No, instead it's a case of "local guy makes good," as Tom Pelissero of 1500 ESPN reports that the Vikings will be signing receiver Adam Thielen. Thielen is a 6'3", 200-pound wideout that played his high school ball in the Detroit Lakes area before eventually moving on to play for the Minnesota State University-Mankato Mavericks. He was the Mavericks' leading receiver in 2012, hauling in 74 passes for 1,176 yards and eight touchdowns, and also returned punts.
Pelissero also says that, per an NFL source, the Vikings intend to sign another player on Monday along with Thielen, provided both players pass their physicals. (The identity of the other player was not known.) If the Vikings sign two players, they have to release two, as they are currently at the league-mandated 90-man roster limit.
Is the Turk officially going to pay a visit to punter Chris Kluwe tomorrow? Nobody knows for sure, but given the events of the past week to ten days, I would have to say that's a pretty solid bet. Kluwe is scheduled to talk with Rick Spielman tomorrow about his status with the team, and I would be surprised if he's still a Minnesota Viking by close of business on Monday.
But congratulations to Adam Thielen on getting the chance to continue pursuing his dream with the Minnesota Vikings. He's earned the look, and here's hoping that he makes the most of it.