Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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When it comes to the forty yard dash, former Northern Iowa wide out Terrell Sinkfield is either a myth or a legend, depending on your level of skepticism. The Vikings signed Sinkfield on Friday and, regardless of your opinion on his reported 4.19 second forty yard dash time in 2013, there is no denying that they have added some serious speed by doing so.

The Minnetonka native is listed at 6′ 1″ and 192 pounds and has experience running the ball, as a return man on special team, and also as a pass catching deep threat.

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Special Teams Player of the Year
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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 Rookie of the Year. Today, a look at the Special Teams Player of the Year, as voted by you, the fans.

Blair Walsh, K — Minnesota Vikings

One play doesn’t define a game, a season, or even a career. Despite missing the game-winning field goal against the Seattle Seahawks earlier this month, Blair Walsh put together one of the best campaigns of his short tenure in the NFL. Even before the year began, the front office expressed confidence in their kicker, signing Walsh to a four-year, $14 million contract at the start of training camp.

He failed to deliver early on, especially in the preseason. While battling a nasty case of the “yips,” Walsh went just 5-of-11 in exhibition games and struggled to connect on the new, 33-yard extra points. His first attempt of the year was a miss against the San Francisco 49ers. He missed a field goal against the Denver Broncos in a game that was ultimately decide by three points. And then, the misses stopped.

Over the next four games, Walsh was a perfect 13-for-13, averaging nearly 40 yards per field goal. In two of those games, he drilled game-winning kicks against the Chicago Bears and St. Louis Rams. The pressure to perform didn’t seem to weigh on Walsh, and that’s the same mentality he’s taking into 2016.

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We’re in offseason mode, but my ego can’t take not talking for a few days…. That’s why we put together a short Blitz Edition of the podcast to go over some latest Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings news and notes. We dig into Pat Shurmur interviewing with the team and what that could mean for Scott Turner, the Vikings making a change in strength and conditioning, Everson Griffen finally makes a damn Pro Bowl, and we look ahead at the 2016 schedule!

All that and other “Evan Marcus is a scary looking mofo” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

OT Jack Conklin, Michigan State


Height – 6’6”
Weight – 318 lbs


Great Run Blocker. Good balance to stay with his blocks and will show aggression all the way to the whistle. Can move to the second level blowing up linebackers and moving defenders downfield with his active feet and strong upper body. Conklin plays hard and is physical at the point of attack.

Good Pass Blocker. Conklin has been reliable at protecting quarterback Conner Cook’s blind side giving up only four sacks in 38 career games. When he squares his shoulders to the defender and gets his long arms on the pass rusher, Conklin does a nice job maintaining his block and protecting the back side.

Eagles OC Pat Shurmur
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The coaching carousel continues for the Minnesota Vikings. After losing former running backs coach Kirby Wilson to the Cleveland Browns, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport revealed that the Vikings are set to interview former Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur on Friday. The only opening on the staff is Wilson’s vacated position, but it’s unlikely Shurmur would fill that role given his prior experience.

According to ESPN’s Ben Goessling, Shurmur is a potential candidate to become the St. Louis Rams’ next passing game coordinator. Shurmur is an experienced positional coach who most recently served as Chip Kelly’s offensive coordinator from 2013 to 2015. Before that, he was the head coach of the Browns during the 2011 and 2012 seasons and the Rams’ offensive coordinator from 2009 to 2010. Per Pro Football Reference, his longest tenure came with the Eagles, where he spent 10 seasons (1999-2008) as the team’s quarterbacks coach.

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