EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Duron Carter's decision to try out for the Minnesota Vikings came down to a coin flip. It landed with Vikings' wide receiver coach George Stewart's side up.
"It was really 50-50," Carter said on Friday after the opening practice of this weekend's rookie minicamp. "Coach Stewart is really what got me in here. He's got a great history with T.O. (Terrell Owens) and Roddy White."
Carter, son of Vikings Hall Of Fame receiver Cris Carter, said Stewart convinced him to opt over the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens after the draft.
He caught 13 passes for Ohio State, his father's alma mater, in 2009 before becoming academically ineligible. He also spent time at Coffeyville (Kansas) Community College, Alabama and Florida Atlantic, never playing a down at his last two stops.
Carter had three drops on his first three chances on Friday. He also had to be pulled back a few times by coaches when he tried to sub himself in at the wrong time.
"Just getting some butterflies out," Carter said. "Things are fast-paced. I have to work on some things and just get better."
At 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds, Carter has "got great size," coach Leslie Frazier said. "That sticks out. Has good hands and moves well. So, we'll see how he does throughout this weekend."
Carter did fare better in the afternoon practice.
Carter is one of 34 players participating in rookie camp on a tryout basis.
The rest of the list includes: quarterbacks Dayne Crist (Kansas) and Wyatt Hanus (Dubuque); running backs Robbie Rouse (Fresno State) and Rayon Simmons (Winona State); fullback John Rabe (Minnesota); receivers Braylon Bell (Abilene Christian), Kyle Bolton (Baker), Sammie Stroughter (Oregon State) and Adam Thielen (Minnesota State, Mankato); tight ends Vince Evans (Whittier), Beau Reliford (Florida State) and Alex Schneider (Holy Cross); offensive linemen Joseph Bonadies (Penn), Jake Bscherer (Minnesota-Duluth), Mike Caputo (Nebraska), Garth Heikkenin (Minnesota-Duluth), Brandon Keith (Northern Iowa) and Andrew Kersten (New Mexico State); defensive linemen Steve Bigach (Iowa) and Joe Gaglione (Iowa); linebackers Lee Campbell (Minnesota), Keanon Cooper (Minnesota), Stanford Keglar (Purdue), Brandon Lindsey (Pittsburgh) and Cory Svihla (Bethel); cornerbacks Michael Carter (Minnesota), JT Floyd (Michigan), Isaac Madison (Arkansas) and JJ Swain (Northern Iowa); safeties Andrew Abbot (UCLA), Greg Castillo (Iowa) and Dominique Rogers (Trinity); and long snapper Scott Albritton (Colorado State).
There are 68 players total in camp, including the Vikings' nine draft picks and 16 undrafted free agent signings.
All players on the roster without a credited season are eligible, so nine non-rookies -- receivers Chris Summers and LaMark Brown; cornerbacks Rod Williams, Greg McCoy and Bobby Felder; defensive tackle Chase Baker; guard Tyler Holmes; tackle Kevin Murphy; and tight end Chase Ford.
Brown was previously listed as a tight end but worked with the receivers during his time on the practice squad last season.
-- Andrew Krammer and Tom Pelissero