Thursday, August 17, 2017

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Bradford Face Vikings Practice September 2016
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Rick Spielman and the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings pulled the equivalent of Robert California closing down the Binghampton branch as the general manager traded a 2017 1st round pick and a 2018 conditional 4th rounder to Philadelphia for Matt Flynn-like financial magician Sam Bradford. Was it desperate? Yes. Was it a smart move? We’ve got 16 games to find out. We talk about the Bradford heist trade, what it means for Teddy Bridgewater’s 2017, and take a look at the final 53-man roster and practice squad.

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Spare Tire for the Long Haul
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Sam Bradford is a spare tire; not the one in the trunk of your car, but the replacement AAA brings when you’re stuck on the side of the road. He’s not an original part, and he may not be a natural fit, but he’s the best option for the long road ahead.

Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman found himself in such a predicament last week. He’d lost Teddy Bridgewater for the season — maybe more — and didn’t see Shaun Hill as the long-term replacement moving forward. With little time to reinvigorate the franchise, he placed a bet that potentially changed the course of Minnesota’s 2016 season.

If Bradford’s the tire, then Spielman’s the driver of the car; a car with Houston, Texas plugged into the navigation system.

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Pressley
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The Minnesota Vikings have finalized their practice squad. Well, they’ve finalized it to the extent that a practice squad can be finalized, anyway.

Austin Belisle has done a fine job tracking all of the practice squad related news today and I’m simply here to do a little tidying up around the joint.

Austin had already listed the following players as having been retained via the practice squad:

  • WR Moritz Böhringer
  • RB C.J. Ham
  • DT Toby Johnson
  • CB Tre Roberson
  • QB Joel Stave
  • OG Willie Beavers
  • TE Kyle Carter
  • DE Stephen Weatherly
  • OG Isame Faciane

The Vikings brought the count to ten by adding a safety, according to Christopher Gates of the Daily Norseman.

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