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Isaac Fruechte looks to turn dream into reality

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Isaac Fruechte is living the dream this weekend. The Caledonia native is trying to make the Minnesota Vikings roster as an undrafted rookie. He has three days to prove he's NFL worthy, beginning with Friday's workouts in front of the media.

What a story it would be to see Fruechte on the sidelines each weekend in purple. For now though, he's just happy to have an opportunity.

"I'm just trying to learn as much as I can and try and pick it up as fast as I can," he said following Friday's practice session at the team's training facility in Eden Prairie. "That's the main learning curve right now, figuring out the playbook."

Though confused at times during the drills, Fruechte looked good catching passes and sprinting off the ball to complete his routes. He's sticking to his age-old philosophy of working hard and playing hard, a trait that has helped him enjoy success at the high school level and college level with the University of Minnesota.

"They basically tell everybody that they're on the same page Day 1 and whoever earns their roster spot earns their spot," Fruechte said. "I'm fortunate for the opportunity and hope I can make the best of it."

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said it's a good sign when less-touted players make the roster.

"It's nice to hit on all your draft picks but it's even nicer to get guys that are undrafted free agents that make your football team, because that can make you good in a hurry," Zimmer said.

The rookie mini camp runs through Sunday at Winter Park. Fruechte said he's received minor interest from other NFL teams, including the Green Bay Packers, but there are currently no plans to attend tryouts.

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