Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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The Vikings announced Tuesday that they have waived QB Mike Kafka with an injury designation. The move drops Minnesota’s roster to 75 players, which means there are still plenty of cuts that will need to happen for the final 53-man list.

Waiving Kafka also leaves just three quarterbacks on the roster, but there’s been much speculation as to whether Minnesota will carry just two for the season.

Back in July, Star Tribune writer Master Tesfatsion said the following:

“It’ll be interesting to see whether the Vikings keep three quarterbacks on the roster like they did last year, which I highly doubt [will] be the case.”

Since the NFL expanded the practice squad allotment from eight players to 10 last summer, teams have a little more leeway with how they use those slots. It wouldn’t be surprising if the Vikings keep just Teddy Bridgewater and Shaun Hill on the active roster and consider hanging onto Heinicke via the practice squad.

However, Heinicke hopes that’s not the case.

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After releasing eleven players yesterday, including veterans Joe Banyard and Brandon Bostick, the Minnesota Vikings made two more moves on Monday to bring their active roster closer to the 75-man limit.

As announced on the team’s official website, the Vikings placed Josh Robinson on the reserve/physically unable to perform list, and the fourth-year cornerback will sit out the first six games of the season. Robinson missed all of training camp and the preseason after tearing his pectoral muscle during minicamp — an injury that will keep keep him from practicing until October 19.

Bykowski, a third-year tackle out of Iowa State, joined the Vikings last December after spending two years on the San Francisco 49ers’ practice squad. He was competing for the backup spot behind left tackle Matt Kalil before tearing his his pectoral muscle in the Vikings’ August 15 preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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When Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards was asked about first-round pick Trae Waynes last week, Edwards mentioned the rookie cornerback from Michigan State continues to improve as the preseason has progressed.

Then he was asked if he’s going to be ready to start Week 1.

Edwards responded, “Well, that’s what we’re aiming for, that’s what we’re all working for, but we’ll just take it from week-to-week. We’ve still got two more games to go and just keep evaluating it through the process.”

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The Minnesota Fighting Vikings prevailed 28-14 Saturday night in Dallas. The team also trimmed 11 names from their roster as the 75-man deadline looms on Tuesday afternoon. We recap the talkers from the game, who got cut (who should still be cut), and if you should feel bad for the Packers’ injury woes.

Other “8-0 in the preseason and a Dollar will get you a cup of coffee” Talkers Include
• Zimmer goes 8 in a row for Mike Yeo
• 11 Vikings cut. Banyard is the most surprising to me.
• Who are the other 3 possible cuts to get to 75?
• Roster trimming schedule
• WTF, Blair Walsh?
• Why not have the kicker & punter be the same guy?
• Teddy To Wallace. Finally
• Taylor Heinicke Love
• Cordarrelle is NOT Back
• Time to trade CP?
• Secondary Hot Takes
• Xavier Rhodes is becoming a corner you don’t throw at
• The Four Linebackers of the Apocalypse
• 2nd Team Vikings Defensive Line vs Cowboys 1st Team O-Line
• Tom Johnson Appreciation
• The Run Game is Worrysome?
• Why Isn’t Zach Zenner a Viking?
• Green Bay Injuries
• Jordy Nelson is underrated because he’s white
• At Tennessee Thursday night to round out the Preseason
• Visit our new sponsor Victiv for Daily Fantasy Sports!
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All that and other “Kendricks & Barr in the Nickel is unfair” on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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And much, more more

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The rhetoric around quarterbacks, especially young quarterbacks, is that they need to make every “NFL throw.” From the 10-yard out to the end zone fade, a quarterback in today’s league has to be able to “thread the needle” and hit their target with near-perfect accuracy. Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater understands this — he’s aiming to complete more than 70 percent of his passes this season.

If Saturday’s preseason game against the Cowboys was any indication, Bridgewater is well on his way to exceeding his lofty goal. He was 7-of-7 passing for 76 yards, and despite his “struggles” throwing deep, connected with Mike Wallace for a beautiful 39-yard reception down the right sideline. It was the duo’s first “wow” play of the preseason, and an overdue step in the right direction for the Vikings’ deep threat receiver.

For Bridgewater, it was a proverbial “hush” to those who doubted his ability to throw the ball deep. And for head coach Mike Zimmer, it was just one of Bridgewater’s impressive plays from the night:

“It was a great throw,” Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer said. “It’s important for us, I know everybody wants to see Wallace get a bunch of deep throws and so do I, but it’s important for us to go through our progressions and make the reads, make the correct throws. That’s why his completion percentage was 100 percent, because he continues to do those things. It’s not always about throwing the ball to one guy. It’s about making the reads, making the correct throws and taking a 4-yard gain as opposed to throwing incompletions.”

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