Former Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner was among the Vikings roster cuts on Saturday morning, Leidner told the Star Tribune.
“I’m very grateful to the Vikings organization for the opportunity,” Leidner said Saturday morning. “Had a lot of fun, met a lot of great people. So it was a great experience.”
A week after signing with the Vikings, Leidner jumped into action in Thursday’s preseason finale against the Dolphins and played the entire second half. He completed 14 of 19 passes for 129 yards and added four rushing yards on three carries.
Leidner, who also tried out for the Ravens and Jaguars this offseason, said he’ll stick around the Twin Cities and await his next NFL opportunity. The Lakeville South product had a 24-17 record as the Gophers starter.
“Just kind of wait and see what happens,” Leidner said. “Hopefully another team or whatever opens up and something happens. But I really have no idea right now.”
The Vikings could be calling Leidner back onto the practice squad. Third-string quarterback Taylor Heinicke is currently dealing with a mild concussion and oblique strain, according to a NFL source, so Minnesota could be thin for passers at practice.
Former Gophers receiver Isaac Fruechte was also let go by the Vikings on Saturday morning, a league source told the Star Tribune. You can follow our entire list of cuts as they’re happening here.