Friday, June 23, 2017

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Minnesota Vikings Teddy Bridgewater Injury

Teddy Bridgewater has a mysterious and sudden shoulder injury. Matt Kalil bowed out of practice Sunday. Brandon Fusco has a neck. Who the heck knows about Mike Harris. Sharrif Floyd and Eric Kendricks are perpetually banged up. Jarius Wright has a calf. Tre Roberson has a broken hand. Xavier Rhodes has a hamsting. WHAT IS HAPPENING?! WHY CAN WE NOT HAVE NICE THINGS?

Austin Belisle (@austincbelisle) of Vikings Territory joins me again to talk Teddy, preseason, and Vikings as we mercifully rumble towards the regular season.

All that and other “Ice Up Son” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Vikings Pass Rush Silences Seahawks
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Losing at home isn’t a normal occurrence for Russell Wilson; the Seattle Seahawks quarterback has dropped just five games at Century Link Field since 2012. Outside of his own brilliance and the strength of his supporting cast, Wilson owes some of his success to fans known as “The 12.”

Without Seattle’s raucous crowds, Century Link isn’t one of the league’s loudest, most intimidating stadiums. Sure, the architecture projects the roar in such a way, but its the fans who give life to the Seahawks’ infectious playing style. To win in Seattle takes nerves of steel; the ability to focus in the face deafening noise and outthink a team bred for the chaos. In the Minnesota Vikings, Mike Zimmer has built such a team.

It’s only the preseason, but if the first half of Thursday’s game is any indication, the Vikings are built to ignore the noise. And against the Seahawks’ first-string offense, the Vikings silenced the crowd.

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We have published two final roster predictions here at Vikings Territory since the NFL Draft took place. The first was in May, with Brent LaBathe taking an early stab.

The second was when Austin and I compiled results from reader votes, and Adam Patrick’s “Top 30″ series,” where we just filled in some holes to make a final roster prediction. That one published at the onset of training camp.

Now, with training camp and two preseason games behind us, I’m going to try my own hand at the age-old practice and see how things shake up. Complaints, of which I’m sure many of you will have many, can be dropped in the comments section below.

53-Man Final Roster Prediction

QUARTERBACK

Teddy Bridgewater

Shaun Hill

Thoughts: The Vikings likely will not find it necessary to use a valuable roster spot on Joel Stave or Brad Sorensen. They have been rumored to be eyeballing outside backup options, including Nick Foles at one point, but barring any major developments I see them rolling with Bridgewater and Hill until such point that Taylor Heinicke returns healthy.

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The Minnesota Vikings practice on Saturday featured a number of notes of interest that included the signing of a quarterback, the return of Teddy Bridgewater after his much-discussed absence on Thursday, and their big free agent signing Alex Boone missing some time.

The Vikings announced via press release that they waived running back Kevin Monangai and replaced him with third-year quarterback Brad Sorensen.

The full release:

Sorensen joins the Vikings, his third NFL team, after spending time with the San Diego Chargers and the Tennessee Titans. The Grand Terrace, Calif. native became the first ever NFL draft pick from Southern Utah when the Chargers selected him in the seventh round (#221 overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. Sorensen has not appeared in an NFL regular season game.

Sorensen acts as added depth in a time where Teddy Bridgewater may or may not have a sore shoulder, Taylor Heinicke is expected to miss extended time, and Shaun Hill is looking like Shaun Hill.

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Laquon Treadwell
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At about this time, one year ago, many Vikings fans and analysts were concerned that Trae Waynes was destined to be a bust due to his preseason struggles. I’ve consistently written about my belief in Waynes’ athletic abilities and pointed out that coach Mike Zimmer comes from an era when it was normal for a cornerback to sit and learn for a year or two before coming into his own as an NFL player. Now, with the slow start of first round pick Laquon Treadwell, I’m asking myself if the same benefit of the doubt applies.

In Cincinnati, during the first preseason game, Treadwell gained 41 yards on four catches in our first glimpse of him in a game setting. Treadwell hauled in those four passes on five targets. If someone were to try and wholly define a player off of that limited sample size, then Treadwell would likely be labeled as an unspectacular but dependable possession receiver.

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