Thursday, August 17, 2017

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Welcome to the latest installment of the Vikings Territory Training Camp Primer series focusing on Harrison Smith, Andrew Sendejo, and the safeties.

Amidst all of the turnover throughout the Vikings roster from 2016 to 2017, the safety position has changed very little from where it was a year ago. The five men who will compete at training camp in 2017 were all in the same position a year ago.

However, that doesn’t mean there won’t be camp battles or important roles that need to be filled. The safety position’s significance is listed right there in its name — these players are the safety valve for the defense. If they screw up, it’s likely six points for the opposition.

We know what Harrison Smith brings to the table. We know what Andrew Sendejo brings to the table. But who will emerge as a reliable depth filler behind them?

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Miss Start of Training Camp
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In a move not totally unexpected, Latavius Murray and Sharrif Floyd will miss the start of Minnesota Vikings training camp. This morning, the team placed Murray on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list and Floyd on the Active/Non-Football Injury list.

Joining Murray on the PUP is rookie linebacker Shaan Washington, who is sidelined with a leg injury he suffered during Vikings minicamp.  Murray declared himself healthy upon his arrival to Mankato yesterday, but the PUP designation is one likely out of precaution by Eric Sugarman and team doctors.

As for Floyd, he’s still working back from a potentially career-threatening nerve issue in his knee. When head coach Mike Zimmer spoke to the media yesterday, he told reporters he’s heard Floyd is “improved,” but wouldn’t offer any further insight.

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Vikings Sign Tackle Arturo Uzdavinis

The Minnesota Vikings signed offensive tackle Arturo Uzdavinis Monday. Uzdavinis (ooz-duh-VENICE) is listed at 6-foot-7, 305 pounds. The 24 year-old played college football at Tulane, where he earned academic honors. Uzdavinis signed with the Houston Texans after going undrafted in the 2016 NFL draft. He did not make the team and spent the 2016 season on the Chicago Bears and Jacksonville Jaguars practice squads. The Detroit Lions signed him this spring and then released him a month later.

In Minnesota Uzdavinis will compete against the likes of Rashod Hill, Reid Fragel, Austin Shepherd, Jeremiah Sirles, and Aviante Collins for a spot on the team. The Vikings roster now stands at 90 players heading into training camp.

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Episode 85

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald give their thoughts on training camp and the heralded Mr. Mankato award with discussions on Eric Kendricks, Chunky Clements and slow golfers as well.

Episode 85 is sponsored by BlackStack Brewing, SoCom Creative and local stand-up comic Brendan Gay.


  1. Intro: The Agenda (0:00)
  2. Advertising: BlackStack Brewing & SoCom Creative, LLC (1:20)
  3. Rookies Report: Initial Takeaways & Thoughts (2:22)
  4. Excited About AP: Eric Kendricks Can’t Wait to Face Adrian Peterson (5:55)
  5. Final Roster Fix: Vikings Sign Chunky Clements, Release Caleb Kidder (11:55)
  6. Advertising: See Brendan Gay LIVE August 10th (17:15)
  7. Mr. Mankato: Odds Report, Predictions (17:45)
  8. Training Camp Preview: Most Important “Stuff” to Keep an Eye on (25:15)
  9. Twitter Takes: How Many Rookies Will Start in 2017? (34:30)
  10. Take 5: Emojis (39:06)
  11. Advertising: Beer Pong Tournament on August 5th at BlackStack Brewing (46:35)
  12. Drew’s Final Take: Slow Golfers (47:09)
  13. Sign-Out: Football is Back! (48:50)

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Welcome to the latest installment of the Vikings Territory Training Camp Primer series focusing on Linval JosephSharrif Floyd and the Minnesota Vikings interior defensive linemen.

UPDATE: The Vikings signed DT Chunky Clements Friday and released DE Caleb Kidder.

As the Vikings open their last training camp in Mankato, they appear at-first-glance to be in pretty good shape along the defensive front. They have one of the best defensive tackles in football and employ a stable of talent for depth. However, there are still important questions to be answered. Like for instance, who is the starter next to Linval Joseph?

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