EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Hoping to rekindle past flames, the Minnesota Vikings are giving Carter a chance to make their wide receiver corps.
Not Cris, the newly-elected Hall of Famer, who still owns Minnesota’s career receiving records. Rather, the Vikings have given Duron Carter, Cris’ son, an invitation to participate in the team’s rookie minicamp next week.
“I’m just so happy for him that he’ll get an opportunity to continue doing what he loves to do,” Cris told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “For him to get that opportunity with the Minnesota Vikings, a team I played for and love, it’s just a blessing.”
Mike Garafolo of the USA Today tweeted Sunday afternoon that the Baltimore Ravens had also extended a tryout invitation to Duron Carter.
Carter is a 6-foot-4 receiver who has been unable to stay in school, which likely led teams to avoid him in the past week’s draft.
He first tried to follow in his father’s giant footsteps when he went to Ohio State, Cris’ alma mater, and caught 13 passes in 2009, but then he became academically ineligible and proceeded to spend time at Coffeyville Community College, Alabama and Florida Atlantic.
“Very few have taken the route to the NFL that he’s taken,” Cris Carter said. “Minnesota presents the best opportunity for him.”
Duron, who will be presenting Cris at the Hall of Fame ceremonies in August, had 44 receptions for 690 yards and 10 touchdowns for Coffeyville but never played at Alabama and Florida Atlantic. Duron is hoping to show the Vikings he’s past the issues with school and is ready to commit to an NFL career.
Cris told USA Today last week that Duron just “hates” school and believes his son will be able to develop in a football atmosphere. Cris once arrived in Minnesota with off-field concerns, as well, and credited the Vikings for turning his career around and helping him on his Hall of Fame path.
Minnesota will see whether the same can happen for Duron, who Cris says has good speed. He added that route running is his son’s strength.
Duron Carter’s game sounds like its’ patterned after his famous father.
“Rumor has it,” Cris told the Star Tribune, “his hands are good.”
Yep, just like his dad. Now to determine if Minnesota is the big step in an NFL career just like it worked out for his dad.