Couple of unknowns get a shot with the Vikings

The Vikings hosted a minicamp this weekend in which a “large contingent” of players were trying out with the hopes of landing a contract with the Vikings.

Two players succeeded.

Iowa State wide out Marquis Hamilton signed a contract that will keep him on the roster as training camp nears.  Hamilton is 6’ 3” and 222 pounds.

Rick Spielman said, “Marquis is a big wide receiver with good size who showed a good ability catching the ball. His performance over the weekend warranted a further look as we continue this spring.”

The other player to sign a contract was Southwest Minnesota State offensive tackle Bill Noethlich.  The South Dakota native stands at a whopping 6’ 7”.

“Bill had a good tryout through the weekend and stuck out as one of the better linemen in the group,” Spielman siad of his newest signing.  “He gave a good accounting of himself and has some physical traits and skills that are promising. He’s got the arm reach and frame to make him a good prospect.”

Seldom do players getting on an NFL team in this fashion make an impact, but despite the long odds you never know when a team has successfully uncovered a secret gem.


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