Monday, September 25, 2017

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This is the fifth installment of our Opposing View series, in which we gauge the league-wide perception of the Vikings by talking to bloggers from around the NFL. For each post, I’ll seek out a writer for a team on the 2017 Vikings schedule, and ask them a few short questions about the way they view our squad from afar. 

This time around, I chatted with Jeremy Reisman of The Vikings play the Lions in Weeks Four and Twelve.

Check out the previous installments here:

Q&A With Steelers Writer Alex Kozora
Q&A With Bears Writer Jeff Hughes
Q&A With Packers Writer Zachary Jacobson
Q&A With Lions Writer Kent Lee Platte

VTTop of your head, give me the first things you think of with the Minnesota Vikings going into 2017.

Jeremy Reisman: I think of a team that’s trying to get back to the things that made the Vikings a division winner back in 2015: Great defense and a running game. I’ll buy into the Vikings‘ defense right now, but the running game on offense is still very much under question, because of the offensive line.

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Episode 102

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald analyze the Minnesota Vikings’ decisions to trade for Tramaine Brock, acquire Blake Bell, part ways with Alex Boone and other “intriguing” official 53-man roster decisions.

Episode 102 is sponsored by BlackStack Brewing and The Twin Cities Directory.


  1. Into: The Agenda (0:00)
  2. Sponsor Note: BlackStack Brewing & The Twin Cities Directory (1:49)
  3. Bragging Rights: Drew Discusses his Upset Victory Over BJ (2:23)
  4. New Guys: Tramaine Brock Trade and Blake Bell Breakdowns (5:31)
  5. Bye Boone: Attempting to Find Reason in the Decision to Cut Alex Boone (17:19)
  6. The 53: Reviewing the Initial 2017 Minnesota Vikings Roster (32:20)
  7. Twitter Takes: Final Thoughts (56:05)
  8. Sign-Out: Pregame Show Coming Monday! (1:00:00)

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Three Undrafted Free-Agent Rookies Make the Team

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The Minnesota Vikings announced their initial 53-man roster on Saturday afternoon, surprising fans with a handful of unforeseen moves in the process. General manager Rick Spielman has been busy, first trading a seventh-round pick for cornerback Tramaine Brock before making a multitude of difficult decisions regarding the team’s active roster.

There are still moves to be made and other minor details to be worked out, but the vast majority of the Vikings’ Week 1 depth chart is largely complete — football season has arrived.

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Wow, what a fun day! Lots of action. With roster cuts already in progress, here’s a last-minute Vikings 53-man roster projection, which includes Friday’s trade for cornerback Tramaine Brock:

  • Sam Bradford
  • Case Keenum
  • Teddy Bridgewater (PUP)

The Vikings rolled with two quarterbacks last year and I don’t see that changing this year. Taylor Heinicke is practice squad eligible and I don’t see teams lining up to snag him off waivers. Plus, there’s always Mitch Leidner.

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The Minnesota Vikings acquired cornerback Tramaine Brock from the Seattle Seahawks in a trade, sending over a seventh-round pick to Seattle.

The Minnesota Vikings’ cornerback depth concerns did not go unnoticed by general manager Rick Spielman and the front office. So they acted.

According to Mike Garafolo of, the Vikings acquired veteran cornerback Tramaine Brock from the Seattle Seahawks to bolster the depth at the position.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport confirmed, adding that the Vikings gave up just a seventh-round pick to secure Brock.

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