Friday, March 24, 2017

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Mankato Minnesota Vikings

Had time to kill on a Sunday afternoon (and I don’t golf), so I swung on down to Mankato to take in the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings afternoon practice. Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL), Sam Ekstrom (@SamEkstrom) and Daniel House (@DanielHouseNFL) joined me to recap the session, what’s been impressive (and not so impressive) so far, and I finally get a definitive answer on “HOW’S TEDDY LOOK?” (This is also the first pod where we got rained on and Arif list trying to move a patio umbrella.)

Show Topics Include:
• How’s Teddy Deep Ball Looking?
• Adam Thielen Rising?
• Jabari Price’s Place on This Team
• Mackensie Alexander is the Future Slot. Period.
• Matt Kalil’s Change in Technique
• Overall Philosophy Changes Under Tony Sparano
• Why Willie Beavers Might Prove Us All Wrong
• What is Going on with Mike Harris?
• The Defensive Line is on FIRE Early
• Roster Moves. Sign a Punter and/or Nick Foles?
• Sam Defends Jeff Locke
• Adrian Peterson’s Hamstring
• Jerick McKinnon vs Adrian Peterson?
• Cordarrelle Injury UPDATE
• Taylor Heinicke LOLs
• Standouts & Disappointments

All that and other “All that and other “If you don’t think this song is the greatest song ever, I will fight you.” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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#MoreThanWords Rolls on Through Training Camp
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Minnesota Vikings fans are locked into training camp coverage, and for good reason. It’s been months since the Vikings played real football, and today marked the team’s first practice of the offseason in full pads.

This time of the year is about more than football, though. Lindsey Young found that out this week after speaking with two fans in Mankato. The first, Sophie, met many of the Vikings who inspired her through numerous health problems. The other, Abigail, refuses to let bullies deter her love for the Vikings.

Off the field, players can positively impact the lives of fans and those in need. Here at Vikings Territory, we’ve joined forces with other blogs, loyal readers, and FanHQ to do the same. Thanks to your generous donations and the support of the Zimmer family, we’ve raised nearly $14,000 for the Mike Zimmer Foundation.

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The first two days of Vikings training camp have been great and all, but the real fun starts with today’s afternoon practice when the players put the full pads on for the first time. Competitions in camp will now turn into battles and the coaching staff should get a better idea of what groups of players they feel can lead this team to success in 2016.

As was the case for the last two days, we will have the latest updates from the team’s practice as they happen live.

Enjoy!

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It is about to get physical like Olivia Newton-John at Vikings training camp today. Players will be practicing in full pads during practice later and the intensity should be pretty high.

The team has been experimenting with different combinations on the offensive line, wide receivers, and linebackers in each morning walk-thru of the past two days. It will be interesting to see if the shuffle continues this morning as Minnesota begins their third day of camp.

Join us below for updates!

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The 'Free McKinnon' Movement Takes Flight in Mankato
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Jerick “Jet” McKinnon is enjoying the open skies in Mankato, taking most of the Minnesota Vikings’ first-team reps through two training camp practices. He’s filling in for Adrian Peterson, who arrived Monday nursing a pulled hamstring. According to head coach Mike Zimmer, the Vikings are “being careful” with their star running back, holding him out of 11-on-11 drills and any physical contact.

With the fleet’s most reliable plane grounded, the runway is clear for “Jet” to take flight. All reports indicate McKinnon is soaring; he looks faster than most defenders and perfectly capable as a receiver. Thrown into the spotlight this offseason, McKinnon is proving he can do it all for the Vikings.

It won’t be long before Peterson can “cut it loose” at practice, but McKinnon’s pseudo-tryout is raising eyebrows — and questions — in Mankato; more specifically, questions about McKinnon’s role in what’s sure to be a more balanced attack in 2016.

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