Minnesota Vikings add Taylor Heinicke to 53-man roster

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(WAVY) — Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion’s former record-setting quarterback has been added to the Minnesota Vikings 53-man active roster. To make room for Heinicke on the active roster, the Vikings released tight end MyCoyle Pruitt.

Heinicke signed with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2015 and spent last season on the active roster as the third-string quarterback.

He was expected to compete with Shaun Hill for the backup spot, but he reported to training camp with a walking boot on his foot after surgery for a severed tendon. Heinicke sustained the injury when he tried to kick in a glass door after being locked out of a friend’s apartment.

After starting the season on the non-football injury list, Heinicke was recently cleared to practice with the team. The Vikings had a Wednesday deadline to put him on the active roster.

The Vikings now have three quarterbacks on their roster, Sam Bradford, Shaun Hill and now Heinicke. Preseason starter Teddy Bridgewater is out for the rest of the season after suffering a gruesome injury to his knee and it’s not clear if he will even be ready to go for next season.

While Heinicke was not allowed to practice for several months, he said he still gained valuable experience.

“The only thing I could really work on during those two months was really mental reps,” Heinicke said.  “Seeing what Sam and Shaun were seeing out on the field and really picking their brain and I feel like I’ve gotten better as a quarterback doing that.”