Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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Image courtesy of Los Angeles Rams

According to Houston’s Fox 26 affiliate, the Minnesota Vikings plan to sign former Los Angeles Rams quarterback Case Keenum. USA Today’s Tom Pelissero later reported Keenum is joining the franchise on a one-year deal.

Don’t worry, though; Keenum isn’t here to challenge Sam Bradford. No, the Vikings are Bradford’s team, at least until Teddy Bridgewater returns to the field. It’s a complicated situation, made even more complex by Mike Zimmer’s recent comments on his two signal callers:

“There really is no other plan [for the future at quarterback] until Teddy gets healthy,” Zimmer said, per Mark Craig. “When he gets healthy, we’ll worry about it. We don’t know when it’s going to be. If he comes in tomorrow and is 100 percent, which he won’t, but if he did, then we’d have to adjust things. But right now we don’t know when he’s going to be ready.”

Let’s try to unpack this. Bradford is the immediate starter, Bridgewater is months, possibly years away from full health, and Keenum is now the third or fourth quarterback on the depth chart. Before the signing, Bradford and Taylor Heinicke were the only healthy options at the position with Shaun Hill likely departing in free agency.

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Purple FTW! - Zimmer Loves Teddy and Vikings Draft Simulation (ep. 365)

Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer spoke to the media on Wednesday at the NFC coaches breakfast (with no omelet bar, but I digress). Zim had some interesting things to say about Teddy Bridgewater, who recently released a video of him throwing, and Sam Bradford, who is also a person. We decode some of his statements as well as dip our toe into the Mock Draft bidness later in the show.

Today’s Talkers Include:
• Decoding Mike Zimmer’s Comments
• Impossible to Keep Both Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford in 2018
• Scott Crichton Was a Bust Spielman Can’t Afford
• Get Ready for a Tough Negotiation with Xavier Rhodes
• 7-Round Vikings Draft Simulation via Fanspeak [Results Here]

All that and more “*Sniffle* That’s My Quarterback” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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“Wide Left” an unofficial Vikings documentary.

We pride ourselves on being an independent blog, a group of unaffiliated Vikings fans that do our little part to further the ongoing conversation that Minnesota football has an uncanny way of initiating. Therefore, it has been our genuine pleasure to help champion the ambitious project young independent filmmaker Bailey Cossairt decided to take on this offseason.

You read Sam Neumann’s interview with Cossairt, you listened to him talk about the project on the About The Labor Podcastand then you watched the trailer.

And now, as of 5:00 PM today, the full 80 minute feature is available on YouTube for your viewing torture (but, really, it is a pleasure). So, hop to it Vikings fans, and take a somewhat painful ride down memory lane with all of the familiar jersey numbers you grew to love over the last 20 years.

The stories of the great moments, along with all the jarring heartache, are told through the eyes of real Vikings fans and accompanied by an amazing array of archive footage that will have you constantly thinking to yourself “man, I remember that afternoon” as Cossairt navigates over 20 years of eventful Vikings history.

“Wide Left” an unofficial Vikings documentary

 

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Also sign Matthews, Sinkfield following veteran combine

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph enjoyed his most successful NFL season in 2016, but that hasn’t stopped the franchise from adding more weapons at the position. On Thursday, according to a report from USA Today’s Tom Pelissero, the Vikings are signing Nick Truesdell, a 27-year-old Arena Football League (AFL) standout who turned heads at the 2017 Pro Player Combine in Arizona.

As Pelissero writes, Truesdell’s journey to the NFL is “quite a story.” He’s been in and out of the league since 2013, spending time in professional camps and bouncing around the AFL before finally landing with the Vikings. Truesdell’s AFL career blossomed in Bemidji, Minnesota, where his play garnered the attention of numerous NFL scouts.

Contract details for the 6’6,” 250-pound tight end have not been released. The team made the move official this morning and also announced the signing of wide receiver Mitch Mathews and receiver-turned-cornerback Terrell Sinkfield.

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Zimmer

Mike Zimmer met with reporters for an hour Wednesday, touching on a number of topics, but one that stood out was an offhand comment about the analytics website Pro Football Focus. Zimmer can be guarded in his answers at times, but is candid when he wants to be, and much of what was he said Wednesday fell on the side of the latter, including his assessment of PFF after a question about Jeremiah Sirles: