Friday, September 30, 2016

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Only two more weeks left of the 2015 NFL season and then begins almost five months of sadness before Training Camps start in July. The Vikings have been off for the past two weeks, but that has not prevented anyone from writing about them.

Even without actual football being played in Minnesota there have been plenty of headlines created by the organization. From coaching hires to Pro Bowl invites, the Vikings gave people an array of topics to write about.

defensive unrestricted free agents
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If anyone knows about winning, it’s legendary Alabama Crimson Tide coach Bear Bryant. In 25 seasons at the head of the football program, Bryant won 232 games and hoisted six national championship trophies. It’s no surprise, then, that Bryant is credited with the famous quote: “Offense sells tickets, but defense wins championships.”

And in Minnesota, Mike Zimmer’s following that same formula. The Vikings may not have won the Super Bowl this year, but they rode a top-five defense to an 11-5 record and the NFC North division title. They’re set up for long-term success, especially on defense, where a number of key players are in their first or second year with the team. A few of those contributors, though, are set to become unrestricted free agents in March.

Playing the role of general manager Rick Spielman, the Vikings Territory team analyzed the players and picked one as their highest priority to re-sign this offseason.

Which defensive unrestricted free agent should be the highest priority for the Vikings to re-sign?

  • Chad Greenway
  • Terence Newman
  • Josh Robinson
  • Robert Blanton
  • Marcus Sherels
  • Andrew Sendejo

  • Audie Cole
  • Casey Matthews
  • Kenrick Ellis
  • Jason Trusnik
  • Justin Trattou

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[This Emmanuel Ogbah scouting report, with a Vikings slant, has been provided to Vikings Territory by Draft Season. Be sure to check back for more and also be sure to visit Draft Season to quench your NFL Draft thirst. All previously published scouting reports can be found by clicking here.]

Emmanuel Ogbah | Defensive End, Oklahoma St.

Measurements

Height – 6’4″
Weight – 269 lbs.
Age – 22

At First Glance

The AP’s Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, 28 career sacks

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With the Senior Bowl off and running, we had our intrepid reporter/draft guru/all-around baws Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman) call and and give us a live update from Mobile. We chatted about the goings on during weigh-ins and practices, which draftees are earning some money down there this week (and who is losing some), and an interesting story about Vikings defensive backs coach Jerry Gray.

All that and other “Braxton. Effin. Miller” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

Hit up all of Luke’s stuff at eDraft and Cold Omaha.

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Name Adrian Peterson OPOY and MVP
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Vikings Territory asked, and the readers spoke; in this series of articles, the team will announce the winners of our fan-voted awards, from the Minnesota Vikings’ MVP of 2015 to the Defensive Player of the Year. Today, a look at the dual-winner of  VT’s final two awards.

Adrian Peterson, RB — Minnesota Vikings

Adrian Peterson is the Minnesota Vikings’ most productive offensive weapon, but also their most divisive. It’s his style of running that makes it so easy to love and hate Peterson at the same time. One play, he’ll lose yards after a few too many jump cuts. And the next, he’ll burst through the line of scrimmage for an 80-yard touchdown run.

It’s the same story on a game-to-game, and even season-to-season basis. Against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1 this year, he looked indecisive, rushing for 31 yards on 10 carries. The very next week, at home versus the Detoit Lions, he eclipsed 130 yards and looked like the Peterson of old. Well, Peterson pre-2014, when he missed 15 games while serving a league-mandated suspension stemming from child abuse charges.

Peterson is the king of the comeback, with a history of ups-and-downs that span his entire nine-year career. Last season’s rushing title came after a year off from football, and his 2012 MVP Award represented a miraculous recovery from the ACL tear he suffered the season before. Few expected he’d win the rushing title at 30 years-old, but Peterson’s proven time and time again that expectations mean little for him on the football field.

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