Rounding up the tryout guys
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They are, after all, the longest of the long shots, and most of them (if not all) won't even get a contract offer when it's over.
But thanks to the power of Google, here's a partial list:
• LB Jaevery McFadden, Wisconsin
• DE Barrett Moen, Minnesota
• OL Bill Noethlich, Southwest Minnesota State
• QB Ryan Perriloux, Jacksonville State
• RB Tyler Roehl, North Dakota State
• DB Marcus Sherels, Minnesota
• DB Matt Winney, Wisconsin-La Crosse
The roster now stands at 81 -- one over the offseason limit -- but end Ray Edwards and the eight draft picks don't count because they're not under contract.
UPDATE, 4:03 p.m.: According to the University of Northern Iowa's Web site, three former Panthers will be in the Vikings' camp: DT Wes Lane, RB Derrick Law and LB Elijah Hodge, who spent four years at the University of Wisconsin and is the brother of Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Abdul Hodge.
That makes at least a dozen tryout guys, and more names probably will surface in the coming days. Unlike training camp, there is no limit on the number of players who can participate without a contract during such minicamps.