Tuesday, October 13, 2015

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2014 Offseason by Matt Engstrom
2014 Offseason by Matt Engstrom

I’m shocked. No, really, I’m so very super shocked.

If my most recent take on the Peterson situation wasn’t a big enough of a figurative eye roll towards all of the Peterson “reports” then imagine my reaction when ESPN’s Josina Anderson recently found a way to counter yesterday’s nonsense.

She tweeted that a source with knowledge of the situation told her “Adrian Peterson has not asked for a trade to the #Cowboys and has not had any conversations with (Vikings GM) Rick Spielman.”

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As the NFL Scouting Combine comes to an end, teams will shift their focus to individual pro day workouts and private visits — the final steps in the 2015 NFL Draft process. At Vikings Territory, we’ve watched players blaze through the 40-yard dash, we’ve read the reports of impressive team meetings, and now, we’re updating our mock drafts.

Since joining as a contributor at Vikings Territory, I’ve wanted to put together my own mock draft. The process is finally complete — you can read my full first-round mock HERE.

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Maybe I’m getting desensitized to the idea of drama surrounding the Minnesota Vikings.

You know, like how your favorite television series can begin to feel quite stale and repetitive after six or seven seasons? I’m not claiming to have all the answers, and I’m not saying I can’t get swept up in it, but after six years of writing about the Vikings I’m finding myself far less susceptible to being surprised than I once was.

I’ve fielded a lot of questions over the last couple of days regarding the Adrian Peterson situation. Each conversation ends with me being asked where I think he will end up, and it is obviously not one I can answer with a guarantee, but here are some of my thoughts on the “events” of this last week:

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According to a post by Bleacher Report Saturday, Adrian Peterson has expressed overt interest in playing for the Dallas Cowboys, but this option will reportedly not be entertained by the Vikings.

In the video with ESPN Insider Jason Cole, Cole tells us that Peterson wants to play in Dallas, and the Vikings “are aware” of this desire. He said the following:

“The Vikings do not want to trade him, in any way, shape or form, specifically to the Cowboys.”

Cole went on to say this:

“As easy as it is to say Peterson will probably play for the Vikings, [he] can make this very uncomfortable for the Vikings, creating a stare-down type of situation.”

Earlier this week, ESPN’s Ben Goessling released a story detailing a recent interview with Peterson in which the running back expressed a discomfort about staying in Minnesota following the entire ordeal.

“There were people [in the organization] that I trusted, who knew exactly what was said, that weren’t heard from,” Peterson said. “It’s hard to say [what my future will be].”

Peterson is restricted from making direct contact with teams at this point, so it’s hard to say how much has been explicitly communicated. Whether Peterson has made specific requests to be traded or not, it is becoming increasingly clear that he does not have warm and fuzzy feelings about wearing a purple jersey in 2015.

Peterson and representatives of the NFL Players Association were in Minnesota on Feb. 6, where Peterson underwent a hearing in federal court. Unless Judge David Doty rules in favor of an immediate reinstatement into the league, AP remains on the commissioner’s exempt list until April 15.



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This is the time of year when the various NFL circles are buzzing with reactions to performances at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Within those same circles roam the annual debates about the value found within the Combine drills, the general disdain for overreactions to individual performances, and of course the overreactions to individual performances that make the whole thing so entertaining.

I’m mixing things up this week, with my links segment, as this is going to be 100% about the Combine so far. The offensive positions are pretty much wrapping things up, and I’ll do this again when the defensive observations are available for the taking.

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