Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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New Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Laquon Treadwell has not even been in the league for a month and he is already being thought of as one of the best young players in the National Football League. Treadwell, along with his new teammate and fellow wide receiver Stefon Diggs have been included in the NFLPA’s “Rising 50” list for 2016.

The list is meant to highlight the league’s young players who have the best chance at selling the most NFL and NFLPA merchandise during their careers. Some of the criteria for making the list includes a player’s performance during the season, the amount of attention the player draws in fantasy leagues, and the amount of companies that are interested in sponsoring the player.

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The newest class of Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings rookies are in the building this weekend for rookie mini-camp. Draft picks, undrafted free agents, and tryout players alike will try to climb the mountain of making the Vikings 53-man roster (remember, John Randle was a tryout/UDFA), in what could be the most competitive offseason in team history. There is talent everywhere.

Today we run through a few of the rookies and forecast what their present and future roles could be in Purple. Beyond the headliners in wide receiver Laquon Treadwell and cornerback Mackensie Alexander, there are a number of interesting names who can bring something to the Vikings’ table.

All that and other “Chewbacca was a Rookie” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

VT QOTW

Who is your favorite Vikings draft pick of 2016?
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The Minnesota Vikings open their doors to a slew of rookies this morning as part of the team’s three-day minicamp. Head coach Mike Zimmer will get a hands-on look at draft picks like Mackensie Alexander and Kentrell Brothers, as well as tryout hopefuls such as NDSU punter Ben LeCompte.

While the weekend is an opportunity for drafted players to make a positive first impression on the Vikings, it’s also a chance for “walk on” prospects to earn their shot in Minnesota. They’ll be on the field, front-and-center of Vikings coaches for the first time in their young careers.

Today, then, marks the end of Draft Season and the beginning of the “real” offseason in Minnesota. To officially close the door on what’s been an exciting past few months, I’ve asked the team at Vikings Territory to choose their favorite Vikings draft pick of 2016. Sure, a few names will rise to the top, but the answers may surprise you.

Who is your favorite Vikings draft pick of 2016?

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Six people died and the town of Palestine, Texas is left devastated after flash floods ripped through the town this weekend. According to The Weather Channel, five of the deceased were four children and their great-grandmother.

The town of about 19,000 people is the hometown of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson who is partnering with the Salvation Army and traveling back to Palestine this week.

“My mom is over 50, and in her lifespan she’s never seen a flood in Palestine,” Peterson told ESPN. “That’s what was so unusual about it. We’ve never had an issue with flooding. We’ve had heavy rains for days at a time, but nothing to this magnitude. For this to hit overnight, and the damage that it caused, it was devastating.”

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