Matt Vensel is in his first year at the Star Tribune after covering the Ravens for the Baltimore Sun for six years. He is a Pittsburgh native and a Penn State grad. Follow him at @mattvensel.


Mark Craig has covered the NFL for 23 years, and the Vikings since 2003 for the Star Tribune. He is one of 44 Pro Football Hall of Fame selectors. Follow him at @markcraignfl.


Master Tesfatsion is the Star Tribune’s digital Vikings writer. He is a 2013 graduate of Arizona State and worked for mlb.com before arriving in Minneapolis. Follow him at @masterstrib.


EIU QB Jimmy Garoppolo met with Vikings on Tuesday

Posted by: Master Tesfatsion Updated: January 22, 2014 - 5:00 PM

MOBILE, Ala. – Add another quarterback the Vikings have met with at the Senior Bowl. Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said on Wednesday he spoke to about 10 members of the Vikings staff and scouting department Tuesday evening, including head coach Mike Zimmer and quarterbacks coach Scott Turner.

Garoppolo said the interview went well and related to Zimmer’s Illinois roots. As part of the interview procedure, he said the staff asked about his background and also had him draw up some plays given certain scenarios. Garoppolo said offensive coordinator Norv Turner wasn’t present.

Along with Garoppolo, Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas, Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd and Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr have all met with the Vikings this week. Carr opened up a bit more about his interview with the Vikings, noting that Zimmer and Scott Turner were both present.

Arkansas defensive end Chris Smith said he met with the Vikings on Monday and spoke to defensive coordinator George Edwards. Smith measured at 6’1, 266 pounds at the Senior Bowl weigh-in on Monday.

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