Veteran Tight End Will Join Vikings Minicamp

Jun 14, 2023; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Sammis Reyes (19) participates in minicamp at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

With free agency and the draft largely in the rearview mirror, NFL teams are beginning to prepare to take the field for offseason practices.

The Minnesota Vikings will begin their rookie minicamp on Friday, May 10th. When that camp arrives, it appears that the team will have an extra member with the crew when they take the field. That player is veteran tight end Sammis Reyes.

Veteran Tight End Will Join Vikings Minicamp

Jul 27, 2022; Ashburn, VA, USA; Washington Commanders tight end Sammis Reyes (80) walks to the field prior to day one of training camp at The Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Wilson of KPRC2 reported the news, tweeting, “Sammis Reyes is going to the #Vikings minicamp per a source.”

Despite being 28 years old, Reyes is actually still very new to the sport of football. After growing up in Chile, he committed to the University of Hawaii on a basketball scholarship before transferring to Tulane in 2016.

Reyes graduated from Tulane and continued playing basketball until 2019. He then decided to apply for the NFL’s International Player Pathway Program in 2020, and after being approved, he joined the Washington Commanders for the 2021 season.

Oct 3, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Washington Football Team tight end Sammis Reyes (80) after a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Reyes would appear in 11 games during that season, including a start. In total, he played 39 snaps with the offense and 145 with the special teams, recording a pair of tackles.

He then was released by the Commanders after suffering an injury and being placed on IR during training camp. Reyes spent a couple months on the market before signing with the Chicago Bears in October, but he wouldn’t appear in any games with the team.

Reyes then spent a portion of the 2023 season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but again, he didn’t make any appearances in games.

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May 15, 2021; Ashburn, Virginia, USA; Washington Football Team tight end Sammis Reyes (80) in action during rookie minicamp at Inova Sports Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Reyes certainly would be a longshot to make the Vikings roster this season, particularly with the team’s depth at the TE position.

Still, the former basketball player is getting his shot to land another job at the NFL level.

Editor’s Note: Statistics for this article were found via Pro Football Reference.

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho and managing editor of When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys running, gaming, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. Check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.