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Perrilloux working with Favre

Posted by: under Vikings, NFC, Vikings offense, Brett Favre, Vikings quarterbacks Updated: April 29, 2010 - 8:40 AM

A reader was kind enough to alert us to this story via Twitter and it's interesting on two fronts.

Television station WWLT in Louisiana recently ran a short feature on quarterback Ryan Perrilloux. Perrilloux received a tryout invitiation to the Vikings' three-day rookie camp that opens on Friday at Winter Park. As we wrote in an earlier blog, Perrilloux has had his share of problems and was even kicked off the LSU football team in spring 2008, forcing him to finish his collegiate career at Jacksonville (Alabama) State.

What's interesting about the video is it shows Perrilloux getting pointers from Brett Favre while standing outside a football field. Was Favre working out, too? The station did not show that. Keep in mind, Favre's friend and former quarterback's coach Steve Mariucci recently said Favre was having issues bouncing back from the ankle injury he suffered in the Vikings' loss to New Orleans in the NFC title game.

But if Favre is able to do some drills that would be good news for the Vikings, who are hoping he comes back. (I know, I know, we all think Favre's going to return but it's April 29 and I'm not about to turn down a Brett Favre update.)

Favre and Perrilloux are both represented by Mississippi-based agent Bus Cook, so it's not a surprise Favre would be helping a Cook client.

"It' s definitely a great opportunity just to play football again and do something I love to do," Perrilloux told WWLT. "Be around a great bunch of guys. Being out here with Brett. Just an opportunity to go out and learn and suck up as much knowledge as I possibly [can]."

  • The Vikings have announced the dates for their Organized Team Activities. They will be May 18-21; May 24-27; June 1-4; and June 7-8. The team previously announced its mandatory minicamp would be June 11-13. None of the OTAs or minicamp practices are open to the public.
  • New York Giants punter Jeff Feagles is expected to announce his retirement on Friday. Feagles has played in an NFL record 352 consecutive regular-season games. Favre has played in 285 consecutive regular-season games, the record for a position player.
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