Rookie camp notes: Free-agent QB Ryan Perrilloux shows off strong arm
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Coach Brad Childress said the Vikings didn't consider drafting troubled quarterback Ryan Perrilloux, who is in camp on a tryout contract.
But Childress said he was "comfortable" with bringing in the former prep star for a look, thanks in part to Perrilloux's relationship with QB Brett Favre. The two share an agent, James "Bus" Cook, and Favre has spent time with Perrilloux recently.
"I find him to be a humble kid here, and I'm not judging him backwards," Childress said. "I'm judging him moving forward.
Perrilloux said Favre -- who is recovering from an ankle injury -- was an observer and not a participant, during recent workouts, but the veteran "looked good."
"We just talked about just coming up here and getting ready for minicamp and what to expect up there in Minnesota," said Perrilloux, who finished his college career at Jacksonville (Ala.) State after being dismissed from LSU.
"He mainly just told me to come up here and just be myself and get my book and just study."
According to a pool reporter allowed to watch all of practice, Perrilloux showed off a strong arm on a windy day while splitting reps in the team period with William & Mary's R.J. Archer, who signed a free-agent contract shortly after going undrafted last weekend.
"You have to like how the ball gets out, and both of those guys are able to get the ball out," Childress said. "You have to see some football savvy -- it doesn't make a difference if you can throw it through a wall. Can you translate? I've seen in just the little bit that I have seen and in the meetings last night there is a pretty good process there."
Perrilloux is one of more than 30 free agents participating in camp on a tryout basis.
Many of their identities have been revealed through media reports and others, such as former Gophers and Kansas City Chiefs receiver Logan Payne, were recognizable. But the Vikings didn't release a complete list.
"It's going to be a limited number of guys that we can select out of the 55 that are here, but it gives you a mind's-eye picture of these guys," Childress said. "Quite honestly, other people will have camps and see who we invited to camp, and I wouldn't be surprised to see guys travel on and go to another weekend minicamp somewhere along the line, because (another team) saw that they were here. They can flash and make something happen and you say, ‘Geez, what a playmaker.'"
After the unannounced signing of former Northern Illinois center Eddie Amanski, the Vikings entered camp with 73 players on contract, not including end Ray Edwards (unsigned restricted tender) and eight draft picks. The offseason limit is 80.
* According to the pool report, drill work included one-on-ones with receivers against corners, some seven-on-seven passing work and a short term period. At least two veterans, running backs Darius Reynaud and Albert Young, came out to watch a portion. Top draft pick Chris Cook was at left cornerback to start seven-on-seven, and fellow draft picks RB Toby Gerhart and FB Ryan D'Imperio joined Archer in the backfield to start team.
* Quarterback-turned-receiver Joe Webb on the role he envisions: "I'm looking forward to contributing any way I can -- special teams, offense, Wildcat quarterback. I'm just here to show my presence."