Just when Mitch Leidner didn’t think there would be a quarterback controversy, MarQueis Gray returns to TCF Bank Stadium. Leidner still doesn’t have to worry because Gray no longer plays quarterback and is of course now in the big leagues playing in the NFL. Last season Gray was with the Cleveland Browns, but this year he is trading in the brown and orange for the purple and very familiar gold.
Gray was part of the Browns final cuts down to 53 on Saturday, but was picked up by the Vikings on waivers on Sunday morning. Gray played for current Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner when Turner held the same position with the Browns a year ago.
Gray was listed as a tight end with the browns and played in 12 games in 2013. Gray ran the ball six times for 43 yeards and caught two balls for eight yards in his first NFL season.
The Vikings also claimed offensive tackle Mike Harris, formerly of the San Diego Chargers, on the waiver wire on Sunday. The Vikings released linebacker Larry Dean and offensive lineman Austin Wentworth to make room for Gray and Harris on the 53-man roster.
After playing a little bit of everything for the Gophers in a solid college career, Gray wil be returning to the spacious locker rooms of The Bank and an offensive system he is more than familiar with. Welcome back to the land of ice and snow and young promising tight ends.