Taylor Heinicke hosts first free youth camp at ODU

NORFOLK (WAVY) – It seemed just like old times…only with much smaller receivers.

Taylor Heinicke, standing at about the 2-yard line, waited as a young camper sprinted toward the endzone, lobbed a football to the corner, and watched the young-gun make a terrific catch, followed by a pretty good endzone dance.

“We saw some interesting (endzone dances),” said Heinicke, the former record-setting quarterback at Old Dominion, who was back in town hosting his second youth camp, but his first that was free.

“I thought it was a success,” he said.

After setting virtually every passing record at ODU, Heinicke’s now a third-string quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings, and last year threw for two touchdowns and over 500 yards in all five preseason game. “Last year, I was just trying to remember what everybody was doing. I feel like I made large strides, but there’s still strides to be made,” said Heinicke.

He added it’s hard to get reps as a backup, let alone a third-stringer, but he’s been taking mental reps, watching starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and backup Shaun Hill. “Last year was a great preseason for me, but like I said I was still scrambling, still trying to figure out what was going on, but again, I’m excited for this year.”

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