(WAVY, Video Courtesy of KARE-TV) — It’s been quite the off season for former Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke. The second-year pro showed up at Minnesota Vikings training camp with a cast on his foot.
Heinicke required surgery to repair a severed tendon after trying to kick in a glass door when he and a friend were locked out of an apartment.
Fast forward to late October, and Heinicke has finally been cleared to practice with the Vikings. Minnesota offensive coordinator Norv Turner has said nothing but good things about the Monarchs record-setting signal caller.
Since his return, Heinicke has been running the Vikings scout team offense.
“Every time Taylor comes out and gets going he’s impressive, and the players really take to him because they see him throw the ball and he throws the ball extremely well,” offensive coordinator Norv Turner told Twin Cities Pioneer Press.
Heinicke is part of a Vikings organization that includes starter Sam Bradford, who the Vikings acquired after Teddy Bridgewater went down with a season ending knee injury, and 36-year-old veteran Shaun Hill.
“When the whole thing happened and I had surgery and knew I was going to be out for a while I just tried to look at the positive side, Heinicke said. “Just knowing that I could sit back and learn from Shaun and Teddy and now Sam, so ever since that thing happened, I just go out to practice and take mental reps and I’ve gotten a lot better in that way, I feel like I got a lot better in the film room and I feel like I’m a better quarterback.”
The Vikings have until November 9th to activate Heinicke to the 53-man roster, leave hinm
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