Due to injuries and a suspension with pay via placement on an exemption list that was pulled out of a hat (or from someone’s bodily orifice that only sees the sunshine in certain yoga poses), the Vikings need help at three key offensive positions: running back, quarterback, and tight end.
On Wednesday, the Vikings tried to address those needs via a four-man tryout. Showing their stuff to the powers-that-be were running back Dion Lewis, tight ends Ryan Otten and Jake Stoneburner, and quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson.
Bethel-Thompson previously played for the Vikings, but then landed in San Francisco after being waived last year. The Vikings have no quarterbacks behind Teddy Bridgewater and Christian Ponder, with Matt Cassel on injured reserve.
Starting tight end Kyle Rudolph is out after hernia surgery, and running back Adrian Peterson won’t be playing until his legal process has resolved.