Friday, May 26, 2017

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Spare Tire for the Long Haul
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Sam Bradford is a spare tire; not the one in the trunk of your car, but the replacement AAA brings when you’re stuck on the side of the road. He’s not an original part, and he may not be a natural fit, but he’s the best option for the long road ahead.

Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman found himself in such a predicament last week. He’d lost Teddy Bridgewater for the season — maybe more — and didn’t see Shaun Hill as the long-term replacement moving forward. With little time to reinvigorate the franchise, he placed a bet that potentially changed the course of Minnesota’s 2016 season.

If Bradford’s the tire, then Spielman’s the driver of the car; a car with Houston, Texas plugged into the navigation system.

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Pressley
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The Minnesota Vikings have finalized their practice squad. Well, they’ve finalized it to the extent that a practice squad can be finalized, anyway.

Austin Belisle has done a fine job tracking all of the practice squad related news today and I’m simply here to do a little tidying up around the joint.

Austin had already listed the following players as having been retained via the practice squad:

  • WR Moritz Böhringer
  • RB C.J. Ham
  • DT Toby Johnson
  • CB Tre Roberson
  • QB Joel Stave
  • OG Willie Beavers
  • TE Kyle Carter
  • DE Stephen Weatherly
  • OG Isame Faciane

The Vikings brought the count to ten by adding a safety, according to Christopher Gates of the Daily Norseman.

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Vikings practice squad
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The deadline for final 53-man cuts has come and gone, with the Minnesota Vikings waiving a handful of talented players. Some, like Jhurell Pressley, landed with other teams, while others may not find a new home before the season.

This morning at 1 pm EST, teams began to assemble their practice squads; a group of 10 players who practice each week but are not eligible for the weekly active roster. The practice squad offers rookies and other players the chance to develop, grow within a system, and compete for a roster spot the following year.

Adam Thielen, a former practice squad star, is now one of Minnesota’s top-three wide receivers. He’s proof that patience and an unrelenting work ethic at the bottom of the depth chart can lead to meaningful opportunities down the road.

For the 10 players added to the Vikings practice squad, that journey is an admirable, if unlikely, possibility.

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