Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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The Minnesota Vikings are guilty… Of having a great offseason so far in free agency as well as retaining their own core guys. With the draft rapidly approaching, Rick Spielman has to decide if he wants to give quarterback Teddy Bridgewater some offensive firepower with a top-tier wide receiver or continue to build on Mike Zimmer’s “Dream Team” Defense. Harrison Smith is F. Lee Bailey.

Friday Free-For-All Talkers Include
• Greg Jennings Wants to Comeback
• Vikings Interested in German Wide Receiver Moritz Böhringer
• 30 Visit Week Rumors
• Caledonia named Minnesota Football Program of the Year by the Vikings
• Teddy and the Offense Working Out Together
• Vikings Preseason Schedule Released

All that and other “Rushford-Peterson >>> Caledonia” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Vikings Announce 2016 Preseason Schedule
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Minnesota Vikings fans are anxious for the return of football. After the way the 2015 season ended, it’s long past time to hit the “reset” button and begin again. While the preseason isn’t the official start of the 2016 campaign, it’s a chance to see Mike Zimmer’s team take the field for the first time in nearly eight months. And now, we know exactly who the Vikings will play when the preseason kicks off in August:

Preseason Week 1 (Aug. 12-14): @ Cincinnati Bengals
Preseason Week 2 (Aug. 19-21): @ Seattle Seahawks
Preseason Week 3 (Aug. 28): vs. San Diego Chargers
Preseason Week 4 (Sept. 1): vs. Los Angeles Rams

Do you play it safe or take a risk?

Minnesota Vikings GM Rick Spielman
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The NFL Draft is so exciting because it’s so unpredictable. Players pegged as top-10 draft picks can fall to the second or third round, and teams can make earth-shattering trades that change the landscape of the night’s festivities. For the most part, Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman sticks to a familiar script — accumulate draft picks, trade back when sensible, and use the end of the first round as a fluid space for movement.

This year, however, the Vikings are this close to contending for more than just the NFC North title and a Wild Card playoff berth. A roster flush with talent at almost every position gives the team a chance to be more aggressive come April 28th. Rather than staying put at the 23rd-overall pick, drafting the best available player, or trading back, Spielman can flex his negotiating muscles.

So, the Vikings Territory team tried their hand at such an exercise, concocting scenarios that very well could play out in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. See our answers after the jump!

What’s one surprising and/or unexpected move you could see the Vikings making in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft?

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Greg Hardy isn’t the only NFL player that attempted to use the media to promote himself worthy of a roster spot this week. Former Vikings (and Packers and Dolphins) wide out Greg Jennings took to the airwaves yesterday to make it known that he would like to return to the team that released him a year ago to make room for Mike Wallace.

“I left Rick [Spielman] a voicemail,” Jennings said on KFAN. “I told [them], I’m waiting on you guys.”

“I miss being [in Minnesota],” he continued. “You appreciate something more when it’s taken away from you.”

The 32 year old receiver is coming off of two consecutive seasons that were progressively underwhelming. He only started five games with the Dolphins in 2015 where he caught 19 passes for 208 yards and a single touchdown.

With age and production working against him, Jennings may be waiting some time before Spielman returns his call, if it even ever happens.

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A lot has happened in the last month or so since I’ve updated my 2016 NFL Mock Draft (such as, you know, free agency) and I am feeling less comfortable with the 23rd pick each time I look at how the first round plays out in various simulations… including mine.

In my two previous versions I mocked the Vikings tight end Hunter Henry and linebacker Darron Lee. I would still be satisfied with either of these prospects joining the Vikings, and both are available when I selected this time around, but I really want to see that grand slam of a pick fall into Spielman’s lap in 2016. I feel like this nearly happened in my mock, but the Houston Texans prevented Laquon Treadwell from sliding all the way to the Vikings.

Treadwell would have been a tremendous value (and might be worth moving up for), but I was still able to add a wide out to Norv Turner’s arsenal in this version of my 2016 NFL Mock Draft.

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