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Veteran TE with unique background comes to Vikings’ Rookie Minicamp

Sammis Reyes’ pursuit of an NFL comeback will have him heading to Minnesota for a Vikings rookie minicamp next weekend, according to multiple reports. If he impresses there, the veteran tight end could potentially earn a spot on the 90-man roster this offseason.

Reyes has a unique backstory. The 28-year-old was born in Chile and was a basketball prodigy growing up, playing on the Chilean national youth team. When he was 14, he was discovered by an American scout and eventually moved to Florida for high school, despite not knowing any English. Reyes played college basketball at four different schools: Hawaii, Palm Beach State, Tulane and Loyola New Orleans.

After playing on the Chilean national team that failed to qualify for the FIBA ​​World Cup in 2019, Reyes was working as a trainer and DoorDash driver when he decided to give football a try. He had never played before, but his size and athleticism saw him accepted into the NFL’s International Pathway Program in 2021. He trained in Florida, worked at the University of Florida’s pro day and eventually signed a deal with the Washington Football Team. . When Reyes made his regular season debut later that year, he became the first Chilean player to ever appear in an NFL game.

Reyes appeared in 11 games for the WFT that year, playing 39 offensive snaps and 145 snaps on special teams. In his limited offensive role, he was used almost entirely as a run blocker. Reyes was released in 2022 and signed to the Bears’ practice squad. He signed with the Jaguars last year but suffered a concussion and decided to retire in August. Now he has chosen to retire and pursue a comeback in the NFL.

Reyes is 6 feet tall, 260 pounds, and an absurd athlete. In 2021, he posted notable numbers in the 40-meter dash, bench press and jumping. He has also built a large following on social media, with nearly 600,000 followers on Instagram.

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Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Sammis Reyes (19)

The Vikings tight end room features TJ Hockenson, Josh Oliver, Johnny Mundt, Nick Muse and undrafted rookie Trey Knox. Reyes bills himself as a poor man’s Oliver, a major athletic blocking specialist. It will be very interesting to see if he signs with the Vikings (or another team) after rookie minicamp.

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