Thursday, May 25, 2017

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Vikings Start Signing Rookies
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Vikings Start Signing Rookies Despite NFLPA Objections

The NFL Players Association told Minnesota Vikings draftees not to sign their rookie contracts. Apparently, there’s language in the contracts that the players union feels violates the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the players and the league.

Despite the NFLPA objections, rookie wide receiver Rodney Adams and defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo both signed with the Vikings today without resolving the contract language. Adams was drafted in the 5th round and Odenigbo in the 7th.

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Episode 67 — "He's Just Not Teddy Bridgewater"

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss their thoughts on the most recent Teddy Bridgewater rehabilitation video, review Laquon Treadwell’s depth chart situation after taking first-team reps in three-wide receiver sets, name their favorite NFL celebrations since 2000 and plenty more on Episode 68 of About the Labor.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Intro: Table of Comments (0:00-1:26)
  • The Video: Bridgewater Breaks the Internet … Again (1:27-9:15)
  • Never Enough: Bradford Will Never Win Over Vikings Fans (9:16-15:34)
  • Bad Luck: Bradford Always Finds Himself Stuck in Unfavorable Situations (15:35-16:50)
  • Jersey Sales: Find a No. 8 Jersey on NFLShop.com … You Can’t (16:51-18:15)
  • Next Step or Nothing: Treadwell takes first-team reps in 3-WR sets at OTAs (18:16-25:00)
  • Weird Tangent: James Harrison Instagram Workouts (25:01-26:18)
  • Treadwell Takeaways: Way-Too-Early Numbers to Expect (26:19-29:42)
  • Take 5: Favorite NFL Celebrations — Touchdown, Sack, etc. (29:43-41:05)
  • Smooooooooot: Quick Edit to BJ’s Top-5 All-Time Favorite Vikings (41:06-42:24)
  • Sign-Out: New Shows Post Every Tuesday & Thursday (42:25-43:13)

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Vikings OTAs: 7 Positions Up For Grabs

The Minnesota Vikings’ organized team activities, or OTAs, began Tuesday. OTAs are offseason training sessions run with the purpose of developing players; or, simply put, practices without tackling. There are no 1-on-1 drills, only team drills.

OTAs can be a good barometer of how the team’s roster is going to shape up come the regular season. Generally, the players who practice together play together. Certainly, there are exceptions.

Lets take a look at several key position battles that will unfold during the Vikings preseason.

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The Teddy Bridgewater story, as it stands.

Teddy Bridgewater
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Teddy Bridgewater is not the Messiah. This statement is childlike in its obviousness, and indeed I feel a touch sheepish putting it in print, as if I’m standing on a hill and proclaiming, “the earth is not flat!”

But I lead with it for one reason: despite the overwhelming evidence that, to anyone’s best knowledge, Theodore Andrew Bridgewater is neither the redeemer nor the son of man, you wouldn’t always know it by listening to the Vikings faithful.

This is not a knock on Teddy; I quite like him, both for his personality and football acumen, and think asserting a person is probably not a Christ-like figure is a pretty rational criticism. My intent here is to say nothing about the man, or even, to a large extent, the quarterback, because I would be perfectly content to watch him lead our beloved Vikings to the playoffs—and potentially beyond—for years to come.

Rather, my issue is with the expectations and projections we as a fanbase have saddled Bridgewater with so early in his tumultuous career, to our own detriment.

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Vikings Territory Roundtable — Episode 13

VT Roundtable Episode 13

Welcome back to the VT Roundtable!

For Episode 13, a four-man group of Austin BelisleBJ ReidellBrett Anderson and Sam Neumann discuss everything from whether or not its acceptable to wear a jersey in a non-football setting to Mike Zimmer’s career future following yet another eye surgery and an announced absence from Organized Team Activities for recovery purpose. Also included are reviews of each offensive position — panelist position grades enclosed — and light-hearted debate on what to takeaway from the most recent video of Teddy Bridgewater’s injury rehabilitation progress.

Check out Episode 13 after the jump and subscribe to the Vikings Territory YouTube channel to ensure that you never miss a VT Roundtable discussion, the latest installment of Bump & Run or and other VT/TV videos!

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